McKenzie County Fatal Crash

On Aug. 1, at approximately 5:59 p.m. CT, on Hwy. 85-mile marker 177, five miles south of Williston there was a two-vehicle head on collision.

A 2020 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Maria White, Groves, TX, with a passenger, Jose White, Groves, TX, was traveling northbound on Highway 85 near mile marker 177 when it hydroplaned on the wet road caused by a heavy downpour in the area. A 2021 Kenworth semi driven by Richard Poline, Minot, ND, was traveling southbound in the same location at the time. The Equinox crossed over center and struck the Kenworth head on. White and her passenger, Jose White was pronounced deceased on the scene. Poline sustained minor injuries and was transported via ambulance to CHI St. Alexius, Williston, ND.

At the time of the crash the road conditions were wet and it was raining.

The agencies who responded to the crash were North Dakota Highway Patrol, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Rural Fire Department and Williston Ambulance.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.


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