UPDATE: Cause of deadly I-29 crash released
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol released information Monday on what lead up to a two-vehicle crash on November 29 that killed 73-year-old Louise Juaire and left 72-year-old Clinton Juaire with serious injuries.
Emergency crews responded to the crash around 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 29, after an SUV hit a pickup with a flatbed trailer. It happened in a southbound lane of Interstate-29 near the 17th Avenue South overpass in Fargo. The pickup was stopped on the interstate and the Juaires were outside when an SUV hit them.
The investigation finds that the receiver on the truck had a 1 7/8″ ball and the trailer had a 2″ hitch. The trailer hitch separated from the ball, but the safety chains kept the trailer attached to the truck. The trailer began to sway and Juaire stopped in the middle of a lane to re-attach the trailer.
The driver of the SUV was identified as 22-year-old Taylor Hemmesch. Although the SUV landed on top of the trailer, she was not hurt and is not facing any charges.
Louise Juaire died on the scene and Clinton Juaire was taken to the hospital. Both pedestrians were in between the pickup and trailer at the time of the crash.
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