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Tragedy strikes south of Rhame

March 20, 2015

Bowman man dies in ; community supports family

By Bryce Martin | Pioneer Editor |

Norman “Miles” Bruce was remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend and was loved by everyone he met, according to his obituary.

Bruce, a resident of Bowman, died last week after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident south of . He was 38 years old.

According to a report from the , Bruce was travelling eastbound on 88th St. SW near 167th Ave. SW in Bowman County at around 6 a.m. March 13 when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road. Bruce, the sole occupant of the 2006 Kenworth truck he was driving, then drove off the roadway and crossed an approach. The truck was hauling a side-dump trailer that was not loaded, according to Bowman County Sheriff Rory Teigen.

From indications at the scene, it appeared Bruce attempted to drive back onto the roadway when his vehicle then rolled and came to rest in the south ditch on the driver’s side, according to the NDHP.

Bruce was declared dead at the scene by Bowman Ambulance staff.

Teigen said the cause of death was not apparent and an autopsy is being performed.

Members of the Rhame Fire Department responded to the scene, along with Bowman County Sheriff Deputy Frank Eberle and officers from the NDHP, as the truck was engulfed in flames.

Eberle said the flames were already extinguished when he arrived at the scene. The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent, according to Teigen. He indicated that the department was not aware of any eyewitnesses to the incident.

Bruce worked for D&M Solutions of Baker, Mont., and recently became a resident of Bowman with his wife, Billie Jo, and their four children. Billie Jo works at Bowman County Public Schools. Bruce and his family were active members of the Bowman Assembly of God.

After news of Bruce’s death circulated, several members of the community took to social media to help in fundraising efforts for the grieving family.

As of Wednesday, 44 people helped raise over $6,000 in only three days on the fundraising, a website that allows people to raise funds for any cause. The goal, according to the site, is to raise $10,000 for the family.