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Passenger dead, driver injured and arrested after pickup crashes onto Air National Guard base in Fargo

FARGO - The passenger of a pickup truck was killed and the driver was injured when the vehicle crashed through a fence onto the North Dakota Air National Guard base here early today, police said.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, Sgt. Mike Erbes said.

The male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and taken to a Fargo hospital for her injuries, Erbes said.

Their names have not been released.

Erbes said the pickup was northbound on 16th Street North at about 12:15 a.m. when the driver failed to negotiate a left-hand turn at 23rd Avenue, went through a ditch and crashed through the fence onto the 119th Wing's property.

Guard security personnel witnessed the crash and reported it, and the base's firefighting unit also assisted at the scene, Erbes said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The area where the crash occurred is at the north end of a stretch of 16th Street that runs past the Fargo Air Museum, Applebee's and the Homewood Suites by Hilton.