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Montana man dies in crash on icy roads in western ND

MANDAREE, N.D. -- A 59-year-old Montana man has died in a head-on crash on icy roads in McKenzie County in western North Dakota on Wednesday night, Jan. 17.

Robert Barke of Dutton, Mont., was driving a 2017 Ford F250 pickup when he was struck head-on by a 2017 Ford F350 driven by Luis Saldana, 19, of Watford City, who lost control on icy Ben Den Road. Saldana was hurt, but his injuries were not life threatening.

Saldana also has charges pending, said the North Dakota State Patrol.

The crash, which occurred about 6:30 p.m., totaled both vehicles.

Saldana was traveling west on the road from Mandaree to Watford City when the crash occurred.

Steve Wagner

As Forum Communications' director of content, Steve Wagner serves as the point person for content strategy and projects for the company's 30-plus newspapers. He oversees operations of Forum News Service, a regional wire provider to more than 100 newspapers, and guides newsroom collaboration between The Forum newspaper and WDAY TV.  Wagner also conducts training related to content, reporting and newsroom advancement. Previously, he served as editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer, and worked in writing and editing roles at The Forum, where he won numerous awards for news reporting.

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