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Published January 07, 2014, 09:44 AM

Jim Poolman, former Grand Forks legislator and state insurance commissioner, injured in fatal crash

MANDAN, N.D. – Former North Dakota insurance commissioner Jim Poolman was injured in a fatal traffic accident here Monday afternoon.

MANDAN, N.D. – Former North Dakota insurance commissioner Jim Poolman was injured in a fatal traffic accident here Monday afternoon.

Poolman, 43, of Bismarck was driving his 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Main Street in Mandan around 3:10 p.m. when the westbound driver of a 1999 Dodge truck crossed a cement-curbed lane divider on the west side of the Sixth Avenue-Main Street intersection and hit Poolman’s vehicle head-on, according to the Highway Patrol.

The 68-year-old driver of the Dodge truck was killed. His name is being held pending notification of relatives.

The extent of Poolman’s injuries are not known, but the injuries are not life threatening, according to the Highway Patrol. He was taken by ambulance to Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Poolman was North Dakota’s insurance commissioner from 2001 to 2007, when he resigned to be-come a private insurance consultant. Before serving as insurance commissioner, he was in the North Dakota House of Representatives for Grand Forks' District 42.

Poolman and his wife, Nicole Poolman, have three children. Nicole Poolman is a state senator representing Bismarck.

Jim Poolman, who was born and raised in Fargo, graduated from UND in 1992, where he was student body president and received a marketing degree.

A Republican state representative, Poolman served District 42 from 1993 to 2000.

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