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Month-old baby escapes injury after semi runs stop sign, causes two-vehicle crash

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An infant escaped injury in a Thursday evening crash in northwest North Dakota, but three others were sent to the hospital.

Michael Amundson, 49, of Clifford, N.D., was driving east in a 2001 Kenworth semi on McKenzie County Road 12 at 8:11 p.m. Thursday about 25 miles northeast of Watford City when he ran a stop sign at state Highway 23, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

“(Amundson) approached the stop sign too quickly, applied the brakes but was unable to stop,” a news release said.

A 2013 Ford F350 pickup driven by Ryley Mitchell, 26, of Keene, N.D., was northbound on Highway 23 as the semi slid through the intersection. The semi struck the pickup and jackknifed, the release said.

Mitchell and two other passengers -- Bradley Schumann, 52, of Lafayette, La., and 26-year-old Brianna Mitchell of Keene -- were taken to McKenzie County Hospital. Ryley Mitchell was later airlifted to the University of Minnesota for treatment.

A fourth passenger, month-old Rebecca Mitchell of Keene, was not injured. She was in a car seat at the time of the crash.

It’s unknown if Brianna Mitchell was wearing a seat belt. Everyone else involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, according to the release.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Amundson, who was not injured, was cited for disregarding a stop sign.

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