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Highway Patrol names women who died in Thursday crash near Thompson, N.D.

Workers from a tow truck company tended to the scene of a fatal Thursday morning head-on collision near Thompson, N.D. Two nursing home residents were killed in the incident. (Andrew Haffner/Grand Forks Herald)

HATTON, N.D. -- The names of two women killed Thursday morning in a head-on car crash outside Thompson, N.D., were released Friday by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The deceased -- both residents of the Hatton Prairie Village retirement and assisted living facility in Hatton, N.D. -- are Lynette Ysteboe, 59, and Alpha Flaten, 97. At the time of the crash, the women were being driven to doctors’ appointments in Grand Forks.

A Thursday crash report issued by the Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at about 10:45 a.m. on a curved stretch of state Highway 15 about 12 miles west of Thompson.

The minivan the two women were traveling in, driven by 59-year-old Scott Grund, of Hatton, was eastbound on the highway, not far from its intersection with Grand Forks County Road 13. While the van was taking a curve, a Nissan sedan driven by Brenden Myron, 19, of Northwood, N.D., was in the westbound lane. According to the Highway Patrol, Myron’s vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with the van.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Kennelly said Thursday that low morning temperatures had caused slippery conditions on the highway. He thought the road surface was likely a “big factor” in the crash, making it difficult to negotiate the turn.

Emergency responders to the crash site included personnel from the Highway Patrol, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department, Altru Ambulance and Northwood Deaconess hospital.

Ysteboe was taken to Altru Hospital, where she was declared dead. Flaten died at the scene of the crash. Both Myron and Grund were transported to Altru non-life-threatening injuries.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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