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Children, 8 and 5 years old, killed in Grand Forks crash identified


GRAND FORKS - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the identities of two children killed and a third child and the drivers of the van and semi-truck injured Wednesday morning in a U.S. Highway 2 collision west of here.

Kaylee-Jo Marie Wyatt, 8, and Kevin Boyer III, 5, both passengers in the van that collided with a semitruck, were killed.

Another child in the van, XXAXX (pronounced Zax) Boyer, 3, was injured and transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, the patrol release stated.

The driver of the 1995 GMC Safari van, Kevin Boyer Jr., 39, also was transported with injuries to Altru Wednesday, as was the driver of the 2005 Volvo semi-truck, Steven Nelson of Jamestown.

The crash occurred about 9:57 a.m. Wednesday when the van, traveling north at Grand Forks County Road 5, was making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 2 and collided with the semi in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 2. The intersection connects with Airport Road.

The collision remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol, which said the extent of the seat-belt and child-restraint usage in the van remains unclear. The updated report said Kevin Boyer Jr. was not wearing a seat belt, but the 8-year-old girl was wearing one. Nelson, the truck driver, was wearing a seat belt, the report states.