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Published August 17 2010

Driver still hospitalized in car-ambulance crash

WHITE EARTH, Minn. – One of four people hospitalized after a car struck an ambulance early Saturday on County Highway 34 in White Earth remained at the hospital in stable condition Monday.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release that a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix drifted across the center line, sideswiping the ambulance’s cab and hitting the van portion of the vehicle.

The car’s driver, Sheena Marie Butcher, 28, of Ponsford, was listed in stable condition Monday at St. Mary’s Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Her three passengers – Mary Manypenny, 27, of Ogema, Simon Rogers, 35, of Waubun, and George Thompson, 45, of Moorhead – had been discharged from the hospital.

The ambulance driver, Erik Jux, 29, of Erskine, and an EMT assistant, Steven M. Olson, 35, of Ogema, weren’t injured. There were no patients in the ambulance at the time.