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Van/payloader accident near Minot claims one life

A traffic accident south of Minot has claimed the life of a Bismarck resident, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday 6 miles south of Minot on U.S. Highway 83. A southbound 2010 Chevrolet Express Van struck the rear of a 2006 Sky Track payloader that was also traveling south at about 20 mph. The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene.

Christopher Wickman, 48, Minot was transported to Trinity Hospital in Minot. The identity of the driver of the Chevrolet has not been released. The accident remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.