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SD woman dies from injuries after Tuesday LaMoure County crash

Edgeley crash
The aftermath of the Tuesday, July 28, crash that injured two on the south end of Edgeley, N.D. Special to The Forum.
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EDGELEY, N.D. — A 63-year-old South Dakota woman died Tuesday night, July 28, from injuries suffered in a wreck earlier in that day.

The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of highways 13 and 281 in LaMoure County, on the south end of Edgeley, N.D., according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred when a 2017 Ford F350 pickup driven by Dean Johs, 40, of Napoleon, N.D., and pulling a gooseneck trailer, didn't stop at the highway intersection, according to the highway patrol.

The trailer was struck by a 2011 Toyota passenger car driven by Paula Thovson, 63, of Watertown, S.D. The trailer was forced to detach and travel into a ditch, while the pickup rotated and rolled, according to the release.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles, according to the release.


Thovson was taken by emergency helicopter to Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D., to be treated for serious injuries. She died later that evening from her injuries, according to the release.

Johs was taken to Wishek Hospital and later released.

Charges against Johs are pending, according to the release. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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