BISMARCK — An 81-year-old woman has died after a prison transport vehicle ran a stop sign earlier this week in Sheridan County in central North Dakota, colliding with a van in the intersection.

The crash, which happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, occurred at a rural intersection west of Goodrich and involved two passengers in a van and a Pierce County prison transport SUV carrying one federal inmate and two guards. After running the stop sign, the prison transport vehicle struck the left side of the van, turning it over and ejecting the passenger.

The van was headed west to Turtle Lake, while the prison transport SUV was driving from Bismarck to Rugby, according to a statement released Friday by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Jeremiah Bohn of the Highway Patrol said that visibility at the intersection was clear, and passengers in the van would have had no reason to expect the prison transport vehicle to drive through the stop sign. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The 81-year-old passenger in the van, Philemena Evenson, of Tacoma, Washington, was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Alexius hospital in Bismarck. Bohn said Evenson was communicative and responsive at the scene of the accident.

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The driver of the van, Jerry Evenson, 78, was also transported to St. Alexius in Bismarck with serious injuries.

The driver of the prison transport vehicle, Geraldine Miller, the other guard and the inmate were all transported to the hospital in Harvey with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

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