UPDATE: NAMES RELEASED: Four injured when car strikes White Earth ambulance on Becker County Road 34
WHITE EARTH, Minn. - Four people were hospitalized after their vehicle struck an ambulance on County Highway 34 in White Earth.
The driver of the vehicle was Sheena Marie Butcher, 28, of Ponsford.
The passengers were Mary Elizabeth Manypenny, 27, of Ogema; Simon Louis Rogers, 35, of Waubun and George Anthony Thompson, 45, of Moorhead.
The ambulance driver and EMT was Erik Allen Jux, 28, of Erskine, and the other EMT was Steven Michael Olson, 35, of Ogema. They were not injured. There were no patients in the ambulance at the time.
The ambulance was near the approach to the White Earth ambulance garage when a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix began drifting across the center line, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department.
The ambulance driver was able to avoid a head-on collision, but the car side-swiped the ambulance's cab and hit the van portion of the vehicle, the sheriff's office stated in a news release.
The individuals in the car were transported to St. Mary's Innovis Hospital in Detroit Lakes.
Butcher and Manypenny suffered severe injuries that weren't life threatening.
Rogers was not seriously injured, and Thompson suffered injuries that weren't life threatening.
The accident remains under investigation, and the Minnesota State Patrol will be reconstructing the scene.