Two dead following fatal four-vehicle crash outside Mooreton

Courtesy: North Dakota Highway Patrol
Courtesy: North Dakota Highway Patrol

(Mooreton, ND) -- Two North Dakota residents are dead following a fatal crash on Highway 13 near I-29.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened at approximately 5:48 a.m on Monday, March 13th in a release sent to WDAY Radio. Authorities say it began when a vehicle got stuck in a snowbank along the westbound lane. Two trucks stopped, with one of them parking "perpendicular across the roadway, facing south,.". The two truck drivers exited their vehicles and began attaching tow straps to the stuck car.

The report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol says the area was not lit, and the scene was dark..

That is when authorities say a fourth vehicle driven by Wade Mund, a 50-year-old from Wahpeton, ND, approached the scene driving westbound and did not see the truck facing south along the roadway. Highway Patrol Authorities say Mund attempted to swerve but struck one of the trucks, the stuck vehicle, and two pedestrians. Authorities say the two unidentified pedestrians, the driver of the stuck car (45-year-old from Wahpeton), and one of the truck drivers (51-year-old from Mantador), were pronounced dead at the scene. Corey Myers, a passenger in the stuck vehicle, suffered serious injures and was taken via Sanford LifeFlight to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Mund suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Francis hospital in Breckenridge, where he was treated an released. Mund is also under investigation for possible charges.

Highway 13 was closed between I-29 and Mooreton for approximately four hours during the initial investigation. Charges for the incident are still being considered