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Debris field . . . Law enforcement officers and area firefighters inspect
the scene of a crash on U.S. Highway 52 in Donnybrook Thursday afternoon
where a 2012 Ford Fusion, at right in the photo, drove underneath
a semi-trailer, killing the car's driver. Debris from the crash covered
at least 60 yards of roadway through the town, which closed
the highway for about two hours. The Bobcat at left, owned by
Anderson Farms, was later used to clear the road.
By Caroline Downs
A Carpio man died Thursday when he drove his 2012 Ford Fusion under the trailer of a 2010 Peterbilt truck on U.S. Highway 52 in Donnybrook.
The driver of the Fusion, Amos Roark, 50, was northbound when he entered the opposite lane of the highway in Donnybrook. The car sideswiped the Peterbilt, driven by George Schomberg, 63, of Tarkio, MO, who was hauling the empty grain trailer from Weyburn, Saskatchewan to Westboro, MO.
The Fusion continued moving underneath the semi trailer, shearing off the trailer axles, as reported by the NDHP. The Fusion finally came to a stop in the east ditch. Roark, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Schomberg’s truck stopped partially on the roadway and partially in the west ditch. The NDHP reported Schomberg, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was not injured. Damages to the semi-trailer were estimated at $30,000.
According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred about 2:15 pm.
Alexis Huff, who lives at 201 Wright Street in Donnybrook next to the highway, heard the screeching sound of vehicle brakes shortly after 2 pm Thursday. “When I looked out the window, I saw a huge puff of smoke,” she said, adding that she placed a 9-1-1 call immediately.
U.S. 52 through Donnybrook was closed for approximately two hours while law enforcement officers and emergency responders handled the incident. Firefighters from the Donnybrook and Carpio volunteer departments assisted with traffic control, redirecting vehicles along 1st Avenue through town.
The Kenmare Fire Department was called to the scene just before 2:30 pm, according to Fire Chief Doug Skjordal. One truck with five firefighters assisted with traffic control.
The Kenmare firefighters and several local residents also cleared the roadway of debris, which was strewn along an estimated 60 or more yards of pavement and the west ditch. Tyler Anderson of Donnybrook used a Bobcat to scoop up the fragments of glass, metal, plastic, empty beverage cans and other items littering the crash scene, while several individuals picked up larger pieces from the ditch.
The highway re-opened to traffic shortly after 4 pm.
According to the NDHP, the accident remains under investigation.
The Carpio Ambulance and Ward County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.