One killed, one injured in Rolette County crash involving a bus Saturday

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Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 12:34 PM CDT
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ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D. (KFYR) - One man was killed and another was injured following a crash Saturday at the intersection of BIA Roads 8 and 11, about five miles west of Belcourt.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, 70-year-old Edward Roy Thomas of Belcourt was driving a car westbound on BIA Road 8 and 20-year-old Cole Brien of Belcourt was driving an International bus southbound on BIA Road 11, en route from rural Belcourt to the Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino.

The Highway Patrol said around 9 p.m. Thomas disregarded the stop sign at the intersection and hit the bus causing both vehicles to leave the roadway, enter the ditch and roll.

Officers said Brien was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. Thomas was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead on scene.