McKenzie County Fatal Crash March 18

A 2020 Ram 1500, driven by Darek Pederson, 47, Blaine, MN, was westbound on Highway 23 Monday, March 18, approximately 7 miles west of New Town, ND. The vehicle crossed over the centerline into the eastbound lanes and struck a Peterbilt truck driven by John Youngblood, 53, Ross, ND.

The Ram 1500 came to rest in the center of the highway facing south while the Peterbilt came to rest in the south ditch of the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Ram 1500 was flown to Trinity Hospital and succumbed to his injuries on March 19.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Agencies involved were Three Affiliated Tribes Police, North Dakota Highway Patrol, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Dept., New Town Fire Dept., New Town Ambulance and Trinity First Response.


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