By Deputy Mark Empting
Clay County Sheriff's Office
The night of October 9 started just like any other shift until around 9:30 pm when it took a drastic turn. We were dispatched to a report of a two vehicle head-on crash on HWY 75, just north of Moorhead a few miles.
The dispatch center informed us that one of the vehicles was on fire and the driver was still trapped inside. As we were responding to the crash, we were told that there were bystanders on scene trying to pull the driver out of the burning car, but that their attempts were unsuccessful.
I was the first emergency responder to arrive on scene and I saw the entire engine compartment of a Dodge Status engulfed in flames. The flames were starting to intrude into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, where the driver was still trapped inside due to the dashboard being crushed back to the seat of the car.