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Two recent accidents on I-94 in Barnes County caused extensive vehicle damage and two injuries.
On Thursday, James Wanzek, 28, of Jamestown, and Linda Sorenson, 65, of Pillsbury, were both injured in a two-vehicle collision near Orkska.
According to North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig, at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Wanzek, who was driving a Toyota Tundra at about 75 mph, rear-ended Sorensen, who was driving a Dodge Durango at about 65 mph. According to Herzig, Wanzek was distracted by a water bottle that had fallen onto the floor.
The Toyota entered the north ditch and rolled several times coming to rest on its right side in shallow water. The Durango crossed the median and came to rest on the eastbound lane. Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Valley City. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Damage to the Toyota Tundra was estimated at more than $30,000 while the Durango received about $3,000 in damage.
A second two-vehicle accident occurred on westbound I-94 about seven miles west of Valley City was also the result of a rear-end collision.
Duane Undem, 81, of Valley City was driving a Subaru Impreza at about 65 mph when he was rear-ended by Alfredo Franko-Montoya, 22, of Omaha, Neb.
Both vehicles slowed and came to rest on the north shoulder of the road. Franco-Montoya was cited for following too close and for driving under suspension, according to Herzig. No serious injuries were reported. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.