Three people are in critical condition following a rollover crash outside of Devils Lake on Tuesday, May 21, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
Edith Johnson, 73, was driving east in a 2016 Toyota Rav4 on U.S. Highway 2 about six miles west of Devils Lake around 5:45 p.m. when she had the front-seat passenger, 76-year-old Betty Johnson, grab the wheel while she attempted to make a phone call, the release said.
Betty Johnson wasn’t able to keep the car on the road and the release said they veered into the south ditch, vaulted over a private driveway and rolled an undetermined amount of times. The car came to rest on the driver’s side.
Edith Johnson, Betty Johnson and backseat passenger Gloria Lassig, 71, were all critically injured and brought to CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital by ambulance, the release said. They were eventually airlifted to another hospital because of the seriousness of the injuries, the release said.
All three women are from Devils Lake. The release said they were wearing their seatbelts and airbags deployed during the crash.
Charges against Edith Johnson are pending and the highway patrol said the investigation is ongoing.