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Pingree crash injures 3

A car-semitrailer accident at 8:52 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 281 in Pingree resulted in one driver being taken by air ambulance to Fargo, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Chad Kaiser did not release the names of the driver and the passenger, both 16-year-old males from Jamestown, who were injured in a head-on collision between a 2005 Pontiac car and a 2013 Volvo semitrailer outside of the 281 Stop Bar and Grill, a restaurant in Pingree. Kaiser said the accident was still under investigation Thursday and he would release the names after the investigation was concluded.

 According to Kaiser, the Pontiac was traveling south on Highway 281 in the vicinity of the restaurant. In front of the Pontiac another tractor-trailer was stopped, waiting to turn left into the restaurant’s parking lot.

Todd Laott, 30, Moorhead, Minn., was driving a 2013 Volvo semitrailer north on the highway, approaching the restaurant.

Kaiser said the driver of the Pontiac pulled into the northbound lane of the highway to pass the tractor-trailer waiting to turn left into the restaurant, and struck the Volvo head on.

The driver of the Pontiac was airlifted to Fargo. Kaiser said the passenger in the Pontiac and Laott were transported by Jamestown Area Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The driver and passenger in the Pontiac and Laott wore seat belts.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 for the Pontiac and $25,000 for the Volvo.

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