Six Missouri men killed in crash identified
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of six men, all from Missouri, killed in a crash Wednesday in west Jamestown.
The men were killed while riding in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup going westbound on Interstate 94 through Jamestown that went out of control on the ice-covered road and crossed the median just west of the interchange with U.S. Highway 281 about 10:25 a.m. The pickup went into the path of an eastbound 2006 Freightliner semitrailer. The semi-truck hit the pickup’s passenger-side door at a right angle.
The patrol said Martin Zuniga, 47, Republic, Mo., was driving the pickup. The passengers were Mayolo Lopez, 51, Albino Galicia Martinez, 43, Epitacio Acosta Padron, 50, and Jose Isabel Avila, 54, all of Springfield, Mo., and Herson Orellana, 34, Nixa, Mo.
Three of the pickup’s occupants were ejected during the crash. None wore seat belts.
The truck driver, Stuart Hauge, 23, Glen Ullin, N.D., suffered minor injuries and was taken by Jamestown Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. He was wearing a seat belt.
The crash caused both eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 to be closed for about two hours because of all the debris in the road.
The pickup was totaled and the semi and trailer sustained an estimated $40,000 in damage, the patrol said.
The Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department and North Dakota Department of Transportation also responded to the crash, which remains under investigation.