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Balta man killed in crash

By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

A Balta man died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident 2.5 miles west of Esmond last week.

According to a release from the N.D. Highway Patrol, Emil Vetsch, 68, was southbound on 37th Ave N.E. and failed to yield at the intersection of N.D. Highway 19. A 2000 Peterbilt Semi, driven by Gregory Kalenze, 33, Mandan, struck the driver’s side door of Vetsch’s vehicle a 1989 Chevy S10.

The S10 and the Peterbilt came to rest in the south ditch. Immediately after the collision the S10 caught fire.

Agencies responding to the crash also included Benson and Pierce County Sheriff’s Departments, Harvey Ambulance and Esmond and Harvey fire departments.

The crash occurred during wet conditions. It remains under investigation by the N.D. Highway Patrol.

– Tribune Staff Report

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