GARRISON -- Two men were injured in rural McLean County when a McLean County sheriff's deputy’s vehicle struck a passing motorist at the intersection of Highways 37 and 83, six miles east of Garrison on Saturday afternoon. 

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the deputy was responding from Garrison to a call in Turtle Lake and was traveling east on state Highway 37 in his 2010 Ford Expedition patrol vehicle. His emergency lights were activated and he was in the process of crossing U.S. Route 83 when the Expedition struck a Ford F350 traveling north on Route 83.

The Expedition spun and entered the ditch to the northeast of the intersection and continued through the ditch before stopping upright.

The F350 also spun and began to overturn while entering the east ditch. It then struck a light pole, a highway sign and continued to overturn -- which it did twice before stopping upright in the ditch.

Both drivers were injured and transported to Garrison hospital. The driver of the F350 was airlifted to Trinity Hospital from Garrison due to his injuries.

Neither man’s name has been released and the accident remains under investigation by the highway patrol. No charges have been filed at this time.