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Crash shuts down 17th Avenue in Grand Forks

A Grand Forks Police vehicle rests against a street light pole after it was involved in a collision on 17th Avenue South near Hardee's restaurant that involved two other vehicles Monday evening. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 2
A Dodge minivan and Honda Pilot that were involved in a collision on 17th Avenue end up in a yard and the berm along the street Monday evening. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Emergency crews shut down part of a Grand Forks street Monday night as they responded to a three-vehicle crash involving a police unit.

Personnel from Grand Forks Police, the county Sheriff’s Office, the Border Patrol, the Highway Patrol and Altru responded at about 7 p.m. to the scene in the 2800 block of 17th Avenue South west of Columbia Road. 

Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said the cause and order of events for the incident are still being investigated. So far, Zimmel said, police believe one of the non-police vehicles involved in the crash was “possibly driving very erratically” and initiated contact with the other two vehicles.

By the time everyone came to a halt, the police car had struck a light post and the others -- a Honda Pilot and a minivan -- had come to a halt farther down the road, both with serious front end damage. Zimmel said he believed both the involved police officer and some of the occupants of the other vehicles were injured, but wasn’t sure how many or to what extent, nor how many people total were involved.

He said the Grand Forks Police crash team would be on the scene throughout the night to piece together an investigation. As the sun fell, a Sheriff’s Office drone hovered over the site to provide aerial imagery for that work.

Zimmel couldn’t say how long the portion of 17th Avenue would be closed but said police would be out as long as necessary.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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