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Published December 27, 2012, 03:53 PM

Driver, passengers identified in fatal crash that killed 6 in Jamestown

FARGO – The names of six men killed in a semi-pickup crash near Jamestown, N.D. Wednesday have been released.

FARGO – The names of six men killed in a semi-pickup crash near Jamestown, N.D. Wednesday have been released.

The men were killed when a pickup they were driving west on Interstate 94 went through the median and was struck by an eastbound semi.

Only two of the men were related: the driver of the pickup, Martin Zuniga, 47, of Republic, Mo., and his brother Jose Isabel Avila, 54, of Springfield, Mo.

Springfield residents Mayolo, Lopez, 51, Albino Galicia Martinez, 43, Epitacio Acosta Padron, 50, and Herson Orellana, 34, of Nixa, Mo., were also killed in the crash.

The driver of the semi, Stuart Hauge, 23, of Mandan, N.D., was taken to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Wednesday with minor injuries.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Brian Niewind said officers are still trying to determine why the men were in North Dakota Wednesday. He said it has not yet been confirmed if the men were simply passing through or if their destination was somewhere in the state.

Niewind said the patrol spent much of the last 24 hours tracking down relatives of the men, none of which were local.

The crash is still under investigation by the NDHP.

None of the men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, which occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday near mile marker 258.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash, authorities said. Road conditions were icy at the time of the crash, NDHP Sgt. Josh Rude said Wednesday.

Zuniga lost control of the pickup before heading into the median.

It is not yet known if speed was a factor in the crash, Niewind said.

The pickup was totaled while the semi sustained about $40,000 in damage.

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