Two accidents, both fatal on Highway 2 over weekend

Staff reports
This 2010 Kia van was badly damaged in an accident Friday, Aug. 27 where one woman lost her life.

A 59-year-old woman from Woodbury, Minn. lost her life following an accident that occurred at 3:53 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at mile marker 276 on U.S. Hghway 2, near Hay Bale Bay.

Mee Xiong died in Mercy Hospital from her injuries. She was a passenger in a 2010 Kia Van driven by 38-year-old Ka Xiong, also of Woodbury. Another passenger in that vehicle, Thor Moua, 39, was transferred to Sanford Health in Fargo where he is listed in stable condition. Three other individuals who were in the Xiong vehicle were treated locally and released.

According to the official report from the ND Highway Patrol, a 1999 Dodge pickup driven by Brandon Walski, 25, from Grand Forks was traveling eastbound on the four lane highway when the van pulled onto the highway from the shoulder area and was rear ended.

None of the occupants of either vehicle were wearing seatbelts. All were transported to Mercy Hospital by the Lake Region Ambulance Service for treatment. Only Maranda Arends, 18,  from Devils Lake sustained no injuries. She was a passenger in Walski’s vehicle.

Besides the Highway Patrol, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department responded to this accident

Xiong was cited for Failure to Yield.

Second accident

On Saturday, Aug. 28 at approximately 6:04 p.m. a second accident happened on Highway 2. Graciela Gutierrez, 31, from Marshall, Minn., was driving a 2002 Dodge pickup westbound  when Elvina Allan, 82, from Grand Forks driving a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria attempted to cross the highway from the entrance to the Turtle River State Park to turn onto the eastbound lane of Highway 2.

Allan’s vehicle was controlled by a stop sign.

The Gutierrez vehicle was unable to avoid the Allan vehicle and struck it on the driver’s side.

Allan was killed in the crash and died at the scene.

The pickup had a total of eight occupants, seven were uninjured and one back seat passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Ambulance to Altru Hospital.

 The Grand Forks Sheriff’s office, Larimore Fire and Rescue and Turtle River State Park Employees all responded to this accident which remains under investigation by the ND?Highway Patrol.