Man killed in Highway 2 rear-end crash identified

All three vehicles were damaged in the crash. Submitted photo.

LEEDS, N.D. Authorities have identified a man who died Friday, April 10, after his farm tractor was rear-ended by a semi-truck while driving on U.S. Highway 2 in northeast North Dakota.

About 3:50 p.m. Friday, a Kenworth semi crashed into a pickup truck and tractor traveling slowly in the right shoulder and outside lane of Highway 2, about 8 miles east of Leeds, according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The pickup was driving behind the farm tractor in the outside lane and the tractor was partly on the right shoulder and outside lane, the patrol said. When the semi rear-ended the vehicles, all three left the highway and went into the south ditch.

Pickup truck driver Bradford Webster, 66, of Devils Lake, was seriously injured in the crash and brought by ambulance to a hospital in Devils Lake before being airlifted to a Grand Forks hospital.

Steven Webster, 68, of Devils Lake, was seriously injured when his tractor was hit and was airlifted to a Devils Lake hospital where he died, the patrol said.


Eric Beaver, the 44-year-old Devils Lake man driving the semi, was not injured in the crash, according to the report.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the crash is still under investigation.

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