On April 16, 2019, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle on vehicle crash on Highway 85, near mile marker 113, north of Grassy Butte.
According to Sgt. Dave Kolness of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the driver of the responsible vehicle was placed under arrest for DUI (Criminal Vehicular Injury) at the scene.
Brett Murchison, 27, of Grassy Butte, was traveling northbound on Highway 85 in a 2017 Toyota Tundra pickup at excessive speeds when he lost control and crossed over the centerline of the roadway striking a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup in what authorities are saying was a head-on collision. The driver of the second vehicle, Tony Hauck, 46, of Dickinson, sustained serious injuries in the accident and was transported via ambulance to CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson.
Hauck was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, but the Highway Patrol report did not indicate a deployment of airbags in his vehicle.
According to Kolness, the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on roadway conditions that were described as wet asphalt from rain. Both vehicles sustained extensive front end damage and were totaled in the crash.
Murchison, whose airbag deployed, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated before being transported to CHI St. Alexius.
Assisting the Highway Patrol were the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office, McKenzie County Ambulance and the Grassy Butte Fire Department. According to Kolness, the crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol at this time, with no further details provided.