OAKES, ND — Two people were injured when a car struck another vehicle Saturday, May 7, on State Highway 13, about 14 miles west of Gwinner, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.
According to the patrol report:
Marlynn Marie Zetocha, 69, of Stirum, was driving on Highway 13 escorting a tractor into rural Stiruma at around 4:13 p.m. Zetocha was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado with its hazard lights on at a slow speed behind the tractor.
Meanwhile, Amber Lorraine Amanda Ramsey, 35, of Oakes, who was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, came across Zetocha while using her cell phone near mile 324.
Patrol reported that Ramsey failed to recognize the slowness of Zetocha’s vehicle and rammed the Silverado at highway speeds.
Ramsey’s vehicle then left the road, rolled over and came to rest on its side in the ditch. The ditch was full of water and Ramsey’s car was submerged, but she was able to get out of the car before it filled with water.
Zetocha’s vehicle remained on the road.
Both Ramsey and Zetocha were taken to Oakes Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Highway Patrol said.
Ramsey was cited for inability to maintain control of her vehicle and distracted driving, the patrol reported.
Road conditions were dry and sunny. The accident is still under investigation.
The Sargent County Sheriff’s Office, Oakes Fire Department, Oakes Ambulance Department and Oakes Police Department assisted in the accident.