Northeast North Dakota first responders 'on the mend' after ambulance rear-ended

The crash occurred on Monday, Jan. 16.

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RAMSEY COUNTY – An Edmore, North Dakota, first responder said he and his colleagues are recovering after the ambulance they occupied was rear-ended on Monday, Jan. 16.

“We’re all on the mend,” Bruce Berg, a first responder at the Edmore Ambulance Service, told the Herald on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Monday morning, Jan. 16, the Edmore Ambulance Service was attending to an injured woman who had been in a rollover crash. The ambulance was partially in the northbound lane of State Highway 1 when it was rear-ended by a Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol press release.

The roads were icy and the weather was foggy at the time.

The driver of the Jeep, Leonard Klein, was seriously injured. Langdon Ambulance Service was paged and transported Klein to Langdon Prairie Health.


Kathy Borgen, the driver previously injured in a rollover crash, was transported to First Care Hospital.

The most seriously injured first responder was Taylor Trontvet, who suffered broken ribs and a bruised lung, according to Edmore Mayor Roger Nyard. Trontvet was transported to Langdon Prairie Health to be treated.

Megan Diseth, Doug Loff and Berg had minor injuries.

Trontvet has been unable to work since the incident, but Diseth, Loff and Berg have resumed their duties as first responders.

The Jeep was a “total loss” and the ambulance had “quite severe” damage, Nygard said.

According to Berg, an insurance adjuster will be assessing the vehicle, which is currently inoperable.

“We just have a backup ambulance, and that’s in place now,” Berg said.

The crash remains under investigation.


Edmore is about 93 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

Sav Kelly joined the Grand Forks Herald in August 2022.

Kelly covers public safety, including local crime and the courts system.

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