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Fatal Crash near Northwood  

The Dakotan
 January 18, 2023
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North Dakota Highway Patrol 

What: Fatal  

Where: State Highway 15 near MM 113 approx 3 mi east of Northwood 

 When: 19:04 PM (07:04 PM) on 1/17/2022  

Road Conditions: Icy  

Weather Conditions: Night/slight rain/snow mix  

Crash Involvement: 1 Vehicle  

Type of Crash: Rollover  

Agencies Involved: NDHP, Altru Ambulance, Northwood Fire, Northwood Ambulance, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office. 

Vehicle No. 1: 2004 Pontiac Bonneville  

Driver No. 1: Ervin Skeldum; 75 yo male; Northwood, ND; Fatal injuries

Restraints: none  

Charges: none  

NARRATIVE: A Pontiac Bonneville was traveling westbound on Highway 15 when the vehicle crossed over the center line. The driver over-corrected and left the roadway entering the north ditch. The Bonneville overturned in the snow filled ditch and landed on its roof. The driver was initially transported by Northwood Ambulance and was intercepted by Altru Ambulance while in route to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. The driver was pronounced deceased while in route to Altru Hospital from injuries caused by the collision. The driver’s name will be released at a later date.  

The crash remains under investigation by the NDHP. 

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