TOWER CITY, N.D. — The names of three motorists who died in a head-on crash less than a mile east of Tower City on Friday, March 29, have been released, along with the names of three who suffered injuries.
Sophia Weshnevski, a 16-year-old from Buffalo, N.D., was driving east on Cass County Road 10 at about 11:38 p.m. when her SUV, a 2005 Lincoln Aviator, crossed into the westbound lane, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The SUV struck a 2011 Ford Econoline van head-on. The van was carrying five people, three of whom died from their injuries.
The van driver, 40-year-old Matthew Wipf of Tower City, was killed, along with passengers Kathy Wipf, 43, of Tower City, and Dorothy Decker, 46, of Ipswich, S.D., the patrol said.
The two van passengers who survived were Heidi Hoffer, 35, and Henry Decker, 50, both from Ipswich. They were taken to a Fargo hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The 16-year-old was flown to a Fargo hospital with serious injuries, according to the patrol.
Hoffer was listed in good condition at Sanford Medical Center on Sunday evening, according to hospital staff. The conditions of the other survivors were not available.
A short time after the initial crash, 37-year-old John Wurtz of Utica, S.D., crashed his 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck into Weshnevski's vehicle, the patrol said.
Wurtz was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possessing marijuana, the patrol said. He was uninjured.
Both crashes remain under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Tower City is about 45 miles west of Fargo.