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Four die in accident in Mellette

Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012

MELLETTE — Four Michi-gan men died and a fifth has life-threatening injuries after an early Wednesday morning accident one mile west of Mellette in Spink County, the Highway Patrol said.

Wesley A. Frasard, 71, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., was eastbound, driving a 2003 Ford Excursion when he failed to stop at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and S.D. Highway 20.

The vehicle was struck by a southbound 2004 Kenworth semi-truck driven by Doug E. Carnahan, 50, of Bottineau, N.D.

Killed in the crash were Frasard and passengers Ledger J. Frasard Jr., 68, St. Clair Shores.; William E. Petrocy, 77, St. Clair Shores; and Nikolaos Andreopoulos, 69, New Baltimore, Mich.

A fifth passenger, Thomas E. Thorngate, 52, St. Clair Shores, has life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver, Carnahan, received minor injuries.

The accident happened at 5:41 a.m. Wednesday.

Assisting were the Spink County Sheriff’s office, Spink County Emergency Management, Mellette Fire Department, Redfield Ambulance, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue and Aberdeen CareFlight.

For the complete article see the 11-08-2012 issue.

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