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Walsh County veterinarian dies from two-vehicle crash in Walsh County

PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A Walsh County veterinarian has died in a crash involving a semi in Walsh County.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded at 10 a.m. Friday to 6 miles west of Park River on State Highway 17, where they found 75-year-old Gerard Albin Dahl of Park River had been fatally injured, according to a news release.

Officers determined Dahl’s pickup, a 2016 Ford F20, was westbound on Highway 17 when the driver attempted to turn left onto state Highway 32, crossing in front of an eastbound 1996 Peterbilt truck, according to the release. The semi hit the pickup’s passenger side.

James Oliver Gustafson, 55, of Adams, N.D., was the driver of the semi, according to the release. He was wearing his seatbelt and was treated for unknown injuries.

Dahl did not have a seat belt on, according to the release.

Dahl was a veterinarian who had served Walsh County and the surrounding area from the Park River Veterinary Clinic. He came to Park River in 1968 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School two years earlier.

Park River is about 60 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

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