McLean County deputy one of two men injured in accident Saturday

Two men were injured Saturday, including a 39-year-old McLean County deputy, when the deputy struck an oncoming vehicle while crossing U.S. Highway 83 with his emergency lights activated.

Both the deputy, who is from Underwood, and the 75-year-old Dunn Center man who was driving the 2015 Ford F350 that was struck, were transported to the Garrison hospital for treatment. The 75-year-old man was later airlifted to Trinity Hospital in Minot for treatment of his injuries.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol press release, the McLean County deputy was responding to a call in Turtle Lake at 12:20 p.m. He was traveling east on Highway 37, with his lights activated, and was in the process of crossing U.S. Highway 83 when he struck the northbound Ford F350. The deputy’s 2010 Ford Expedition patrol vehicle rotated counterclockwise and entered the ditch to the northeast of the intersection. The patrol vehicle continued through the ditch before coming to a rest, upright, facing northeast. The vehicle driven by the 75-year-old Dunn Center man rotated counter clockwise and began to overturn before entering the east ditch. It struck a light pole, a highway sign and continued to overturn. The vehicle rolled twice before coming to a rest in the east ditch, upright, facing west.

Both men were wearing seat belts and were protected by air bags. No names have yet been released.

The accident is under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.