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Pickup driver who died in fiery crash identified

September 10, 2019

ESMOND, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the driver of a pickup truck who died in a fiery crash with a semi in Benson County.

The patrol says 68-year-old Emil Vetsch, of Balta, was killed when he missed a stop sign at a Highway 19 intersection near Esmond Saturday, was struck by the semi and caught fire. Officials say the road was wet at the time because of light rain.

A 33-year-old Mandan man driving the semi was not injured.

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