ECKELSON, N.D. ( – Two fatalities in two separate ATV crashes happened in Barnes County on Friday, September 6th.

The Highway Patrol has identified the crash victims as 42 year-old Kyle Foster of Tucson, AZ and 47 year-old Jeremie Foster of Fargo.

In a news release issued to the media, the Highway Patrol said on Friday, September 6th at approximately 7:10PM two males left Sanborn each driving a 2014 Arctic Cat ATV. They were traveling to a rural farm north of Eckelson. While traveling westbound on 27th ST SE, vehicle 1 lost control, rolling his four-wheeler into a slough on the south side of the gravel road between 106th and 107th Ave SE, which is approximately 6 miles northeast of Eckelson.

The driver of vehicle 2 was traveling ahead of vehicle 1 and made it to the farm. Vehicle 2 then began to retrace his path from Sanborn to locate vehicle 1. While doing so, vehicle 2 was traveling north on 103rd Ave SE and lost control and rolled into the west ditch of the gravel road between 29th and 30th ST SE.

The driver of vehicle 1 was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of vehicle 2 was pronounced dead in route to Mercy Hospital.

The crashes remain under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A Highway Patrol spokesman said alcohol was a factor in both crashes.