Two men injured in accident involving McLean County patrol vehicle

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two men who were injured in an accident Saturday near Garrison.

Craig Dean Salhus, a 39-year-old McLean County deputy, struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Charles Allen Schollmeyer, 75, of Dunn Center when Salhus was crossing U.S. Highway 83 with his emergency lights activated. Both men were taken to the hospital in Garrison. Schollmeyer had to be airlifted to Trinity Hospital in Minot for treatment of his injuries.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol press release, Salhus 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 driven by Schollmeyer. 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 Schollmeyer 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.

The accident is under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. No charges have been filed as of Monday.