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Truck drives over tent in North Dakota, 2 kids die

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Posted: Jul 9, 2012 12:36 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Truck, tent, North Dakota, Texas, Hahn's Bay Campground, Lake Metigoshe, drunken driving, El Paso, WBRZ

BOTTINEAU, N.D. - Authorities say a pickup truck driver killed two young brothers from Texas and injured their father and another boy when he drove over their tent at a northern North Dakota campground.

The Highway Patrol says the 30-year-old driver from Newburg lost control of his truck around 1 a.m. Sunday in the Hahn's Bay Campground at Lake Metigoshe. Troopers say he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The patrol says the truck drove over the tent, killing 5-year-old Alaries Ruiz and his 9-year-old brother, Cyris Ruiz. The boys' 28-year-old father, Juan Ruiz of El Paso, Texas, was flown to a Minot hospital with serious injuries. Nine-year-old Anthony Tabarez Jr. has minor injuries. The truck then crashed into a tree.

Bottineau County prosecutor Swain Benson says criminal charges are pending.

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