- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says three people were treated for injuries after a man checking Facebook on his smartphone while driving collided with a truck on Interstate 29.

The Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Billy Sides was driving a 2010 Mercury Mountaineer southbound on I-29 when he rear-ended the dump trailer around 5 a.m. Wednesday about 11 miles south of Fargo.

The Highway Patrol says Sides admitted to have been checking Facebook on his smartphone while driving.

Sides and the two passengers in the Mercury, 46-year-old Wendy Sides and 10-year-old Alex Sides, were transported to a local hospital. The Sides are from Russelville, Alabama.

The Highway Patrol says Billy Sides was cited for using a wireless communication device to read an electronic message.

The trailer had minor damage.

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