A driver who exited a vehicle to remove a gas can from the roadway was struck by another motorist on Monday in Richland County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at 3:07 p.m. about 3 miles south of Wahpeton, N.D. on N.D. Highway 127, when Thomas Kiefer, 70, Wahpeton, stopped his vehicle on the southbound shoulder and was attempting to remove a gas can from the roadway on foot, the patrol said. A 2008 Ford F150 driven by Myron Holthusen, 71, Wahpeton, was driving southbound and struck Kiefer.

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Kiefer sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported by Ambulance Service Inc. to CHI St. Francis Health in Breckenridge, the patrol said. He was then transferred via Life Flight to Essentia Health in Fargo, the patrol said.

Holthusen was uninjured. It is not known if he was wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation, the patrol said.

Richland County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.