Fatal crash investigation near Bemidji continues with reconstruction
The investigation into Monday's fatal crash near Bemidji continued Tuesday as investigators reconstructed the scene and conducted interviews with those involved.
Minnesota State Patrol troopers met with a Beltrami County sergeant Tuesday as they mapped out the scene and reconstructed the crash site, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Tuesday.
Interviews were conducted locally and in Fargo, N.D., with those who survived and witnessed the crash, he said. The collection will continue.
Dawn Marie Boyd, 47, died Monday afternoon when the minivan she was riding in crossed into the opposing lane of traffic on New Bass Road Northeast and collided head-on with an oncoming minivan, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
Hodapp said the crash was "very bad," noting that when two vehicles each going 30 mph collide, the resulting crash is the same as going 60 mph into a brick wall
Four of the five people in the two vans survived.
"Not that long ago, everyone involved in a crash like this probably would have died," Hodapp said. He said both vehicles "did what they were supposed to do" with airbags and the way they collapsed into themselves.
Anthony Dwayne Calloway, 47, of Bemidji, was driving a Dodge Caravan that struck a Honda Odyssey driven by Heidi Lee, 36, of Bemidji.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts but were pinned inside their vehicles and suffered extensive injuries, according to the sheriff's office.
Calloway was airlifted from the scene to Essentia Health in Fargo, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday.
Lee was airlifted from the crash site to a Fargo hospital. Her condition was unavailable Tuesday.
Boyd was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the crash, Hodapp said. The front seat passenger in Calloway's vehicle was Richard Lee Jones, who was treated and released from Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
In Lee's vehicle was her 2-year-old son. Hodapp said he was properly restrained in a child safety seat, escaping the crash with either minor injuries or none at all, Hodapp said. He was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for examination.
Two vehicles came upon the crash scene very quickly after it occurred, Hodapp said. Both of those drivers called 911.
A Beltrami County sheriff's deputy happened to be one-half a mile away on Tall Pines Road Northeast, just east of the crash site, and reached the scene soon after it was reported, Hodapp said.
A rescue rig from Bemidji Fire, two helicopter air ambulances and three ground ambulances responded to the crash scene, where emergency crews used "Jaws of Life" equipment to extract the injured from the vehicles.
"We had terrific response," he said.
The accident shows why deputies, police officers and troopers are out on the roadways every day, he said.
"This is what we're trying to prevent from happening," Hodapp said. "Unfortunately, in this case, we weren't able to interrupt the driving behaviors."