2 kids dead after truck driver loses control, drives over tent

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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 10:01 AM

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) -- 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.

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

 

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