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Forum News Service, Published October 29 2013

1 killed, 1 injured in crash near Tioga

TIOGA, N.D. - A Tioga man has died after the pickup he was driving was struck by another pickup, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Billy Runnels, 48, was driving a 2013 Ford pickup north on N.D. Highway 40 about two miles north of Tioga about 7 p.m. Monday when Tayler Kittleson, 21, of Fairview, Mont., crossed the center line in his 2003 GMC pickup and collided with Runnels’ pickup.

Both vehicles spun, with Kittleson’s vehicle coming to a rest in the middle of the highway and Runnels’ vehicle ending up in the east ditch.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. Runnels died at the scene and Kittleson was airlifted to Trinity Health hospital in Minot.