A McKenzie County deputy sheriff who was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday during her duty shift suffered multiple broken bones and other severe injuries, according to her family.
Natasha Skala, 24, suffered at least seven broken ribs, a bruised lung, an upper neck fracture, several broken lower back vertebrae, a broken clavicle, a broken leg and a “basically shattered shoulder,” according to information on a GoFundMe page that a family member verified to The Bismarck Tribune. The shoulder will require surgery and a metal plate.
The GoFundMe fundraising effort to benefit Skala was established Sunday. At 4:30 p.m. Monday, more than $8,800 had been raised.
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Skala was northbound 2 miles north of Watford City on Highway 1806 about 9:40 a.m. when she stopped her patrol car to make a left turn. The car was rear-ended by a semitrailer, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Skala’s vehicle was engulfed in flames and she was removed from it while it was on fire. She was flown to Bismarck for treatment of her injuries.
The accident is under investigation.