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Crash in Grand Forks County injures two Minnesotans

A two-car collision in rural Grand Forks County injured a passenger and driver Friday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Oslo, Minn., native Gary Gowan, 72, was southbound on County Road 5 when he failed to yield at a stop sign at County Road 6 about seven miles southwest of Grand Forks. Gowan's 2004 Chevy SUV collided with a 2001 Dodge Pickup driven by 31-year-old Wyatt Halvorson, Stacy, Minn., at 11:25 a.m.

The vehicles rolled over and ended up on their tops in the intersection's southeast ditch, and both were totaled from the crash.

Capt. Kevin Robson said a nearby farmer was outside at the time and heard the accident, and immediately called 911. A trooper was about a mile away and was able to quickly respond.

Halvorson was pinned inside and needed to be cut out of his pickup, and was taken to Altru Hospital by ambulance. He was wearing a seat belt, Robson said, and was alert and awake but had some cuts from broken glass.

A nursing supervisor said Halvorson was in satisfactory condition by 5 p.m.

Gowan and three passengers were all wearing seat belts, and a 2-year-old boy was properly secured in a car seat. One of the passengers, 57-year-old James Larson of Olympia, Wash., was treated and released at Altru.

The incident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol. Robson said no one was charged by Friday evening and alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, but Gowan will likely be cited for failing to yield at an intersection.