DOT to examine Ruthville intersection following fatal crash

MINOT, N.D.- The North Dakota Department of Transportation is taking a closer look at an intersection just north of Minot where an airman died in a crash.

The intersection in question is Highway 83 and 128th Avenue, also referred to as county road 8.

Twenty-one-year-old William Buchanan, a North Carolina native stationed at Minot Air Force Base, was killed on Feb. 15 when he collided with a semi crossing Highway 83 into Ruthville.

The North Dakota State Patrol says the semi driver failed to yield to the southbound traffic.

It's not the first crash at the intersection, though.

The DOT said it's planning to hold a forum for residents to express their concerns.

The department will consider traffic patterns, traffic signals, crash numbers and crash causes while they examine the crossroad and listen to locals.

“The speed limit being 70 miles an hour, changing from 55 so short right before these curves. Because it seems like everyone gets bunched up at that 55, but then when it’s at 70 it’s like a race to see who can get out in front of anybody. Then they come around this corner and it's hard to see,” said Abe’s Auto owner Jason Jundt.

To date, prosecutors have not filed any criminal charges in the crash.

There is no set time or location for the forum, but we will have that info for you when it becomes available.