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Fessenden, N.D., man who died and those injured in ambulance crash identified

CASSELTON, N.D. - A Fessenden man being transferred to a Fargo hospital was killed and two other people injured after an ambulance crashed early this morning on Interstate 94 near Casselton.

Kenneth Lee Kandt, 66, was a passenger in an ambulance en route from the Carrington Health Center in Carrington to Fargo's Innovis Hospital.

The crash was reported at 2:56 a.m.

A news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol says:

Brenda Lynn Schneider, 23, was driving the ambulance and lost control near mile marker 330 and slid into the south ditch, where the vehicle overturned and struck an overhead sign.

Schneider, Kandt and Michael John Parr, a 39-year-old paramedic on board, were taken to Innovis by Casselton Ambulance and F-M Ambulance.

Schneider was treated for minor bruises and released; Parr was still at Innovis this morning in stable but serious condition with back injuries, said Carrington Health Center spokeswoman Brenda Rask.

Kandt was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Innovis, she said.

The patrol said the interstate was icy. It was 28 with freezing rain at the time of the crash.

Rask said the hospital decided to transport the patient because he was in critical condition and his condition was deteriorating. The ambulance service checks road conditions and makes sure it's safe to travel before leaving the hospital, she said.

"For the patient's safety and our staff's safety, you want to weigh out the road conditions (and) weather conditions versus the patient's condition and make your determination that way," she said.

Rask called the crash "very unfortunate" and said it was the first time such an incident happened to the ambulance service.

The health center owns three ambulances and employs its own paramedics, and the ambulance service also has many volunteers, she said.

Parr, the paramedic, is a hospital employee. Rask said she believed Schneider is a volunteer but wasn't certain.