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Drunk Driver Crashes Into Party Bus

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12 people end up in the hospital after authorities say a drunk driver crashed into a party bus traveling in Morton County around one o'clock Saturday morning.

Evidence of the crash is still visible along Highway 1806, just south of Ft. Lincoln State Park.

According to Sgt. Tad Pritchett, a party bus was traveling north when a pickup traveling south went into the oncoming lane of traffic.

The party bus driver attempted to swerve out of the way, but was pretty much hit head-on.

Another vehicle then hit the pile-up--and two people in that vehicle were also injured.

Pritchett says at least three ambulances responded, along with Mandan Rural fire department to help extricate injured people from the vehicles.

He says the most serious injuries were head injuries, suffered by people standing in the bus, but it was fortunate no one was killed.

It was described however as a chaotic scene.

"There were a couple passer-by's that were medical professionals that stopped and said, hey can we help out, and so I grabbed my medical bag, they grabbed what they needed, I grabbed what I needed and we tried to assist the people bleeding the most severely at the time, and until the ambulance could get them loaded up and taken away." says Sgt. Tad Pritchett, Morton Co. sheriff's dept.

Pritchett says the driver of the pickup has been arrested and charged with serious bodily injury due to DUI, driving under suspension, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The report has already gone to the state's attorney, and more charges are possible.

Pritchett says the driver was also wanted on warrants in Virginia for failure to register as a violent sex offender and probation violations.

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