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N.D. truck collides with tree, kills passenger

HETTINGER, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is trying to determine why a truck driver lost control on a gravel road and collided with a tree, killing his passenger.

The accident happened Friday night around 10:30 in southwest North Dakota about seven miles north of Hettinger.

The patrol says 66-year-old Edward Quamme of Hettinger lost control of his 1986 Chevrolet. The truck swerved to the left and then back to the right before entering the east ditch and striking a large tree.

Quamme's passenger, 52-year-old Debra Doerr of Hettinger, was killed in the crash.

Quamme was taken to an area hospital before being transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.