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Rothsay man killed when car collides with beet truck in Wahpeton

WAHPETON - A 53-year-old Rothsay, man was killed Thursday night when the car he was riding in ran a stop sign and broadsided a sugar beet truck, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

The man, who name hasn't been released, was partially ejected from the car and died at the scene, the patrol said in a news release.

The accident happened at 9:08 p.m. at Highway 210 and Fourth Street North in Wahpeton.

An eyewitness told the patrol that the northbound 1999 Ford car failed to stop and struck the driver's side of a Minn-Dak sugar beet truck traveling westbound on Highway 210.

The car's driver, a 56-year-old man from Rothsay, was injured and taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge, Minn., and then airlifted to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the patrol said.

The truck driver, a 53-year-old Wahpeton woman, wasn't injured.

The sugar beet truck lost part of its load, and several wreckers and snowplows were used to clear the road, the patrol said.

The crash remains under investigation.