Truck Drives Over Tent In N.D., 2 Kids Die

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(CBS/AP) BOTTINEAU, N.D. - Authorities say a pickup truck driver killed two children and injured two other people when he drove over their tent at a northern North Dakota campground.

The Highway Patrol says the 30-year-old driver from Newburg lost control of his truck shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday in the Hahn's Bay Campground at Lake Metigoshe.

The patrol says the truck drove over the tent, killing a 5-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy and injuring another 9-year-boy and a man.

The truck then crashed into a tree.

Troopers say 28-year-old Juan Ruiz of El Paso, Texas, was flown to a Minot hospital with serious injuries. The surviving 9-year-old has minor injuries. The patrol only identified Ruiz.

The driver also received minor injuries, reports the Minot Daily News. Two passengers in the truck were not hurt.

According to a statement from the Highway Patrol, the vehicle's three occupants were not wearing safety restraints.

Bottineau County prosecutor Swain Benson says authorities are deciding which criminal charges to bring.

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