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One driver cited in two-semi crash that injured one

LARIMORE, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Friday it cited semi-trailer driver Larry Schoepp, 55, of Northwood, N.D., for failing to yield, causing an accident Thursday that injured one person.

The patrol said Randal Nienaber, 52, of Bemidji, was hauling lumber in a 1994 Kenworth semi-trailer west on U.S. Highway 2 from Bemidji to Minot at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Another semi, a 2001 Peterbilt driven by Schoepp was northbound on state Highway 18 to the Larimore, N.D., rest area. Schoepp stopped at the intersection and then continued north on Highway 18 through the westbound lanes of Highway 2.

Nienaber attempted to brake but could not avoid the collision, the patrol said. Nienaber’s front center hit the trailer of the Peterbilt, which caused that trailer to swing around into the southbound lane of Highway 18 and hit a 2012 Dodge pickup driven by Becky Kase, 31, of Geneva, Ohio, who was parked at the intersection.

Kase, who was wearing her seat belt, was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said.

Nienaber and Schoepp were not injured.

Traffic on Highway 2 and Highway 18 was blocked until the vehicles were moved.

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