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One dead, others airlifted in Beltrami County crash

Two vans were involved Monday afternoon in a crash northeast of Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Communications Division received two 911 calls at approximately 12:54 PM on Monday, October 31, 2011 advising of a serious head on accident involving two vans on New Bass Rd NE approximately 1 mile south of Birchmont Beach Dr NE (Co Rd 20).  The accident occurred in Turtle River Township not far from the northeast shore of Lake Bemidji.

Sheriff's deputies discovered that both drivers were pinned inside their vehicles and injuries were extensive to parties in both vehicles.  A rescue rig from Bemidji Fire, two helicopter air ambulances and three ground ambulances responded the crash scene. The "jaws of life" was used to extract the injured from the vehicles

The driver of one vehicle, Anthony Dwayne Calloway, age 45 and passenger Richard Lee Jones survived the crash and were removed by rescue personnel.  Dawn Marie Boyd, age 47, a second passenger in Calloway's vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Calloway was airlifted to Essentia in Fargo.  Jones was taken to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for treatment. 

The other vehicle was driven by Heidi Lee, age 36, of Bemidji. She was accompanied by her 2 year old son.   Mrs. Lee was cut out of her vehicle by Bemidji Fire and airlifted to Essentia Hospital by North Memorial Air Ambulance.  Her son was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for treatment of injuries. 

The investigation so far, indicates Calloway's vehicle was northbound on New Bass Rd NE and crossed the center line colliding head-on with Lee's car which was driving southbound and had swerved toward the shoulder to avoid the oncoming Calloway who was entirely in Lee's lane.  Contributing factors to this crash remain under investigation.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, BCA, Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care and North Country First Responders assisted with this deadly crash.  County Highway responded to the scene as automotive fluids on the roadway were also a concern after the vehicles were removed from the roadway by Southside Towing.