Name Released in Fatal Crash near Grassy Butte

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Twenty-three-year-old Lucas Bennett of Dickinson, N.D., was killed yesterday morning in a crash with a semi-truck on Highway 85 near Grassy Butte.

The Highway Patrol says Bennett was a passenger in the vehicle driven by 21-year-old Austin Krueger of St. Cloud, Minn. Krueger swerved to avoid hitting a deer, but ended up sliding on the ice into the path of the oncoming truck.

Krueger and the truck driver, 54-year-old Edward Buford of Great Falls, Mont., were both injured and transported to Watford City Hospital. Krueger was then flown to Minot for treatment.

Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene.