Tragic Fatal Crash near Grand Forks Airport

What: Fatal Crash
Where: US Highway 2 & Airport Rd, approximately 3 miles west of Grand Forks
When: June 3, 2024, at 18:41 PM
Road Conditions: Good
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Crash Involvement: Vehicle v. Vehicle
Type of Crash: Rear End
Agencies Involved: Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Altru Ambulance, Emerado Fire, NDHP

Vehicle No. 1: 2023 Ram 3500
Driver No. 1: Travis Bell; 43 years old; male; no injuries; Fordville, ND
Restraints: Seatbelt
Charges: Criminal Vehicular Injury, pending upgraded charges

Vehicle No. 2: 2016 Ford Focus
Driver No. 2: Nicole Louthain; 26 years old; female; serious injuries; Grand Forks AFB, ND
Restraints: Seatbelt
Charges: None

Passenger No. 1: Juvenile; 6 years old; fatal injuries; Grand Forks AFB, ND
Restraints: Carseat

NARRATIVE: The Ford Focus was stopped at a red light, facing westbound at the intersection. The Ram 3500 pickup truck struck the Focus from behind while traveling westbound. The driver of the Focus was transported by ambulance to Altru Hospital, and the juvenile passenger was airlifted to Fargo for treatment, where tragically, they succumbed to their injuries on June 5. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for criminal vehicular injury, with upgraded charges pending. The crash remains under investigation by the NDHP.

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