2 injured in collision on Highway 13 in southeast North Dakota

Patrol cites one driver for failure to maintain control of her vehicle and distracted driving.

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OAKES, N.D. — Two people were injured when a car rear-ended another vehicle Saturday, May 7, on State Highway 13, about 14 miles west of Gwinner, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.

According to the Patrol report:

Marlynn Marie Zetocha, 69, of Stirum, was driving on Highway 13, escorting a tractor to rural Stiruma about 4:13 p.m.. Zetocha was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado with her hazard lights on at a slow rate of speed behind the tractor.

Meanwhile, Amber Lorraine Amanda Ramsey, 35, of Oakes, who driving a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, came upon Zetocha at the same time that she was using her cellphone near mile marker 324.

The Patrol reported that Ramsey failed to recognize the slow speed of Zetocha’s vehicle and rear-ended the Silverado at highway speed.


Ramsey’s vehicle then left the road, overturned and came to a rest on its side in the ditch. The ditch was full of water, and Ramsey’s car was submerged, but she was able to get out of the car before it filled with water.

Zetocha’s vehicle remained in the roadway.

Both Ramsey and Zetocha were taken to Oakes Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the Highway Patrol said.

Ramsey was cited for failure to maintain control of her vehicle and distracted driving, the Patrol reported.

Road conditions were dry and sunny. The crash remains under investigation.

The Sargent County Sheriff’s Office, Oakes Fire Department, Oakes Ambulance Service and the Oakes Police Department assisted with the crash.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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