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Published September 10, 2012, 03:11 PM

Police Identify Victims in Separate Fatal Crashes Near Buxton, West Fargo

Victims of separate fatal vehicle accidents Saturday night have been identified.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

Victims of separate fatal vehicle accidents Saturday night have been identified.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that Alexander Knutson, 26, of Climax, Minn., died in a one-vehicle accident at 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Police said he was driving a 2005 GMC pickup westbound on Traill County 21 about 9 miles east of Buxton, N.D., when the vehicle left the road and entered the north ditch, where it rolled.

Knutson, who was ejected from the vehicle, was found by another passing motorist. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Less than an hour earlier, a 40-year-old man from Casselton, N.D., is was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 94, two miles west of West Fargo.

The Highway Patrol identified the victim as Jeremy Rader, 40, of Casselton, N.D.

According to the police report, Rader was driving a KIA Sedona westbound on I-94 when the vehicle entered the median, hit a drainage ditch/coulee, and went airborne, striking a concrete embankment.

Witnesses and first responders removed the driver from the vehicle to perform first aid. However, he died at the scene, police said. After the victim was removed from the vehicle, the KIA caught fire and burned.

Both crashes remain under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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