UPDATE: Names released in deadly crash near Mooreton

Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 8:50 AM CDT
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NEAR MOORETON, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Authorities in Richland County are investigating a chain-reaction crash on Highway 13 near Mooreton. The call for the crash came around 5:45 a.m. on Monday, March 13, about 1/3 mile west of I-29.

Four cars were involved in the crash. The Highway Patrol says a Chevy Malibu was traveling west on Highway 13 when the driver lost control and the car became stuck in a snow drift along the shoulder. A man in a Chevy Silverado spotted the Malibu and the driver got out to help.

51-year-old Gerald Wolter of Mantador, ND began attaching a tow strap to the Malibu with the help of 45-year-old Rory Campbell of Wahpeton. As the two were working on the tow strap, a Ford F-150 driven by 50-year-old Wade Mund of Wapheton, approached the two parked vehicles. The crash report says Mund did not have enough time to realize both cars were stopped. He swerved, but ended up hitting the Silverado, the Malibu, and the two pedestrians.

The Ford continued west on Highway 13 and sideswiped a GMC Sierra, causing it to enter the ditch.

Campbell and Wolter were both pronounced dead at the scene. Corey Myers, a passenger in the Malibu, suffered serious injuries and was air-lifted to Sanford hospital in Fargo.

Mund was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge and was treated and released. The driver in the GMC Sierra, Parker Busse of Lisbon, was not hurt.

Highway 13 was closed between I-29 and Mooreton for approximately four hours during the investigation.