Residents of Watford City have created an online fundraiser for McKenzie County Deputy Natasha Skala, who was injured in a crash on Highway 1806 on Friday, June 7.

The fundraiser has a goal of bringing in $20,000 to help defray the cost of medical and personal expenses during Skala’s recovery.

Skala was on patrol Friday morning and around 9:40 a.m., she was stopped in her 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, waiting to turn left across 1806. While she was stopped, a 1998 Kenworth semi driven by 57-year-old Michael Gritzan struck the rear of her police SUV.

The crash sent Skala’s Tahoe spinning, and after it came to rest, it caught fire. Skala had to be rescued from the burning vehicle and was flown to a hospital in Bismarck.

According to the organizers of the fundraiser, Skala sustained multiple injuries, including multiple broken bones and bruised lung. While some injuries will require surgery, others can’t be operated on, and will take a long time to heal on their own.

More information about the fundraiser is online at

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