REYNOLDS, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the Fargo man killed in a crash with a snowplow Tuesday, March 6, on Interstate 29 near here.
Steven Newark Jr., 35, of Fargo, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup north in the left passing lane of I-29 at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the patrol said in a news release.
At the same time, a trooper was stopped on that stretch of road to investigate a different crash in the median, less than 2 miles north of Reynolds, the patrol said.
The trooper was accompanied by a state Department of Transportation tow plow that the patrol said was there to provide additional emergency lighting. The trooper’s squad car and the tow plow were stopped “partially in the left lane,” the patrol said.
Both of the stopped vehicles had all of their emergency lights activated when the driver of the pickup rear-ended the plow, the patrol said.
Newark, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and was pronounced dead, the patrol said.
The plow driver, Jacob Carlson, 29, of Grand Forks, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, according to the patrol. The patrol is investigating the crash.