DRAKE, ND - The North Dakota Highway Patrol's Williston office has identified the man killed in a pickup/semi collision Tuesday morning.
The Patrol says 31-year-old Robert Keith of Granville, ND was eastbound in a Ford F-150 pickup on Highway 52, five miles north of Drake at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. A Freightliner semi driven by 32-year-old Jesse Thiele of Minot, was pulling triple trailers westbound on Highway 52.
Keith crossed the center line and was struck head-on by the Freightliner.
Thiele was extricated and flown to Minot for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Keith was pronounced dead at the scene.
Highway 52 was closed for three hours while the scene was cleared.