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Rugby man killed in three-vehicle crash

By Staff | Nov 30, 2009

A 75-year-old Rugby man died when the vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a semi trailer on U.S. Highway 2 and then spun and hit another westbound vehicle. The accident occurred around 6:45 p.m. approximately two miles east of Rugby on Nov. 27.

Robert Bosch was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the N.D. Highway Patrol’s accident report. His wife, Joan, 71, was in the car and sustained injuries in the crash and was taken to the Heart of America Medical Center and eventually air-flighted to Minot’s Trinity hospital. Her condition as of last week was not known.

The driver of the Kenworth semi pulling a grain trailer, Nathan Blessum, 26, of Rugby, was not injured. The driver and passenger of a Pontiac mini-van, Edwin Cantlon, 73; and Cleo Cantlon, 71, both of Minot, were not injured.

According to the report, Bosch was in the westbound passing lane driving a 1990 Oldsmobile trailing Blessum’s semi who was also in the passing lane, slowing to turn left onto a cross-over to got to his farm. The Cantlon 2005 Pontiac Mini-van was westbound in the driving lane.

The Bosch vehicle applied its brakes, striking the back of Blessum’s semi trailer and then spun into the Cantlon vehicle. Bosch’s car came to rest on the north approach. The Cantlon’s vehicle stopped on the road and the Blessum semi trailer turned and stopped on the south approach.

The Bosch car was totaled while damage was sustained to the semi trailer and van.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Rugby Volunteer Fire Department, Golden Heart Paramedics and Rugby Ambulance also assisted in the accident call.

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