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Two people are injured, one of them critically, after an airborne crash near the Grant Marsh Bridge.

North Dakota Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred at 9:25 a.m. Saturday approaching the bridge on Interstate 94.

A 24-year-old Strasburg man was driving west approaching the bridge when he drove off the right shoulder and into the bottom of the ditch, continuing to where the vehicle became airborne after vaulting off an embankment.

The 2003 Dodge Durango landed near the Heritage River Landing under construction by the Lewis and Clark Riverboat.

The man and his passenger, a 44-year-old Bismarck woman, were taken to Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health, respectively. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Skar said the man, who was in critical condition, is or will be under arrest for DUI. A trooper was at the hospital working on the case, he said.

North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bismarck police, the Bismarck Rural Fire Department and Burleigh County Water Rescue responded to the scene, where a dive team conducted a precautionary search for a potential third occupant of the vehicle. Highway Patrol determined no third person was present.

Andrew Short, a driver with Dakota Towing, was called around 10 a.m. to help recover the vehicle and flip it on its wheels to ensure no one was under the wreckage. He called the crash one of the worst he's seen.

"From looking at the crash, I wouldn't have expected no one to have lived through that," he said. "Fortunately, they did. I hope they're OK."

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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