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All six men killed in Jamestown accident were from Missouri

By Wendy Reuer, Forum Communications

FARGO – The names of six men killed in a semitrailer-pickup crash near Jamestown, N.D., Wednesday were released Thursday.

Only two of the men were related: the driver of the pickup, Martin Zuniga, 47, of Republic, Mo., and his brother, Jose Isabel Avila, 54, of Springfield, Mo.

Springfield residents Mayolo Lopez, 51; Albino Galicia Martinez, 43; Epitacio Acosta Padron, 50; and 34-year-old Herson Orellana of Nixa, Mo., were also killed in the crash.

The driver of the semitrailer, Stuart Hauge, 23, of Glen Ullin, N.D., was taken to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Wednesday with minor injuries.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Brian Niewind said officers are still trying to determine why the men were in North Dakota Wednesday. He said it has not yet been confirmed if the men were simply passing through or if their destination was somewhere in the state.

Niewind said the patrol spent much of Wednesday and Thursday tracking down relatives of the men.

The crash is still under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

None of the men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the 10:25 a.m. accident near mile marker 258.

The men were westbound on I-94 when Zuniga lost control of the pickup, went through the median and onto the eastbound lanes where the pickup was struck on the passenger side at a right angle by the eastbound truck.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash, authorities said. Road conditions were icy at the time of the crash, Highway Patrol Sgt. Josh Rude said Wednesday.

It is not yet known if speed or the use of cruise control was a factor in the crash, Niewind said.

The pickup was totaled while the truck sustained about $40,000 in damage.

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