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UPDATED: Man airlifted following crash near Bad Medicine Lake

The upturned GMC van sits behind a boat that it collided with Saturday morning west of Bad Medicine Lake. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The driver of a van load of Boy Scouts was airlifted to Innovis Hospital in Fargo Saturday morning after the vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with a boat and trailer west of Bad Medicine Lake.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. on the Becker-Clearwater County border. The driver was identified as 47-year-old Michael D. Bavlsik of St. Louis, MO. He was listed in serious condition Sunday.

Tony Friedler of Paynesville said he was westbound on Highway 113 when he said a northbound GMC van ran the stop sign on Becker County 37, which turns into Clearwater County 39. Friedler and his two passengers were not injured, but the van collided with the boat they were hauling, actually hitting the Evinrude outboard.

Both the van, which overturned, and the boat, landed in the ditch on the northwest corner of the intersection. Both appeared totaled.

Highway 113 was heavy with weekend traffic, and a platoon of officers from several agencies responded.

"There were nine or 10 kids in this van," Friedler estimated. The State Patrol report listed 12 occupants of the van.

Authorities on the scene said none of the Boy Scouts, who were traveling in a two-vehicle caravan with a trailer, were injured. All of them sat quietly by the second vehicle as officers interviewed them.

"We extricated the driver out of the van," said Carsonville Fire Chief Roger Wilson.

The Boy Scouts were in vehicles licensed by the state of Missouri.

The State Patrol, Clearwater County, Becker County, Mahnomen County, numerous ambulances and White Earth Tribal police and rescuers responded.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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