Semi Accident on I-94 Injures Two

A two-semi accident on I-94 east of Valley City left both drivers with minor injuries Thursday morning.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m, on the interstate six miles east of Valley City when Lindsay Eastman, 51, of Dickinson, driving a Peterbilt semi, became distracted when a passenger vehicle passed him in the left lane. Eastman failed to recognize the semi in front of him was traveling at a slower speed causing him to rear-end the International semi in front of him driven by Dennis Hopkins, 57, of Malakwa, B.C., Canada, according to Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Eastman's semi caught on fire after the initial collision.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were transferred to Mercy Hospital in Valley City by Barnes County Ambulance.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts during the accident. Eastman was cited for following too close.