Tragic Accident on State Highway 17 Claims Life of Park River Man

Incident Details

  • What: Fatal Crash
  • Where: State Highway 17, Mile Marker 118, approximately 7 miles east of Park River
  • When: June 8, 2024, at 5:00 AM
  • Road Conditions: Good
  • Weather Conditions: Dawn with clear skies and slight wind

Crash Information

  • Crash Involvement: Single-vehicle
  • Type of Crash: Fixed object/tree
  • Agencies Involved: Walsh County Sheriff’s Office, Park River Ambulance, NDHP

Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle: 2021 Ford F-150
  • Driver: Roger Johnson, 60-year-old male from Park River, ND
  • Injuries: Fatal
  • Restraints: None
  • Charges: N/A


Early on the morning of June 8, 2024, Roger Johnson was driving westbound on State Highway 17 near the “Hoople turn” when he failed to navigate the curve. His 2021 Ford F-150 continued off the road into the north ditch, where it struck a tree. Johnson suffered fatal injuries from the impact. The crash is currently under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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