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Sneeze causes crash in southeast North Dakota, report says

EDGELEY, N.D. -- A LaMoure, N.D., woman was sent to the hospital after a sneeze led to a crash with a semi in southeast North Dakota.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that happened at 3:37 p.m. on U.S. Highway 281 about 13 miles north of Edgeley, or about 20 miles south of Jamestown.

Michele Eckmann, 44, was northbound in a 2005 Kia Sorento SUV when she sneezed, according to a news release. That caused her to drift into the southbound lane and into the path of a 2018 Mack semi driven by Timothy Salberg, 47, of Aberdeen, S.D., the release said.

Salberg tried to avoid the crash, but the SUV struck the semi’s tanker trail, which was hauling gasoline.

It’s unclear from the release if Salberg was injured, but Eckmann was taken by ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. Both were wearing seat belts.

No gasoline was spilled during the crash, the report said.