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Nielsville, Minn., man charged with DUI after fatal N.D. crash

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HILLSBORO, N.D. -- The driver of a car that crashed Saturday, killing two sisters, has been charged with drunken driving.

Mercedes D. Rowley, 23, of Sharon, N.D., and Teja R. Beyer, 21, of Red Lake Falls, Minn., died in a rollover accident near Hillsboro, Saturday night, the state Highway Patrol said.

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The women were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not know whether they were wearing seatbelts.

The driver, James G. Yahnke, 51, of Nielsville, Minn., was injured. He was flown to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Yahnke was charged with driving under the influence.

Yahnke was reported to have worn a seatbelt.

He was driving a Dodge Charger west on Traill County Road 17 just crossing the state line from Minnesota about 9:20 p.m. when the car left the road. It entered a ditch, struck a driveway and began to roll, striking another approach before coming to a stop.

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