Truck drives over tent in N.D., 2 kids die

(CBS/AP) BISMARCK, N.D. - Prosecutors say they have charged a pickup driver accused of killing two young brothers from Texas and injuring two others when he lost control of his vehicle and drove over their tent at a North Dakota campground.

Bottineau County prosecutor Swain Benson says 30-year-old Juan Acosta is charged with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and drunken driving.

Acosta, of Newburg, is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

The Highway Patrol says Acosta lost control of his truck shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday in the Hahn's Bay Campground at Lake Metigoshe.

The patrol says the truck drove over the tent, killing a 5-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy and injuring another 9-year-boy and a man.

The truck then crashed into a tree.

Troopers say 28-year-old Juan Ruiz of El Paso, Texas, was flown to a Minot hospital with serious injuries. The surviving 9-year-old has minor injuries. The patrol only identified Ruiz.

The driver also received minor injuries, reports the Minot Daily News. Two passengers in the truck were not hurt.

According to a statement from the Highway Patrol, the vehicle's three occupants were not wearing safety restraints.

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