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Published August 13, 2010, 08:06 AM

Canadian man dies in stormy crash in northwest ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian man died in northwest North Dakota when the car he was riding in crashed into a ditch, then was toppled by strong winds as a tornado touched down nearby, authorities said Friday.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian man died in northwest North Dakota when the car he was riding in crashed into a ditch, then was toppled by strong winds as a tornado touched down nearby, authorities said Friday.

Roger Bulmer, from St. Brieux, Saskatchewan, was a passenger in a car traveling on U.S. Highway 52 on Thursday about six miles east of Bowbells when the car crashed into a nearby field, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The four-door sedan came to rest on its roof about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bulmer was pronounced dead at a Kenmare hospital.

The driver, 19-year-old Troy Bulmer, also of St. Brieux, was taken to a Minot hospital with what were described as severe injuries. The patrol said he flagged down emergency crews after his car crashed into a ditch and was overturned by strong winds.

Mike McCloud, with the patrol's office in Minot, said a tornado touched about the same time as the crash and it's likely winds from twister tossed the car.

The tornado also destroyed a home and damaged another, along with some outbuildings, the National Weather Service said. The agency planned to send an official to the region Friday afternoon to survey the damage.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office early Friday said one of the homes hit by the tornado was in that county and the other was across the border in Ward County. No injuries were reported.

A tornado also touched down in southeast North Dakota's Richland County on Thursday night. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks said early Friday that there were no immediate reports of damage.

Storms that swept across the state late Thursday caused damage in other areas, as well. In southwest North Dakota, the town of South Heart reported damage from pingpong-size hail and winds gusting up to 80 mph.

Up to 4 inches of rain led to street flooding in Fargo, in eastern North Dakota. The National Weather Service says water levels reached several inches above curb height in the state's largest city.

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