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Fatal car crash in Beltrami County


March 11, 2022

Brook Lake Township, Pennington, MN – March 10, 2022: At approximately 9:50AM, March 9, 2022 the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office 911 center received a report of a two vehicle head on collision on Scenic Highway SE (CSAH 39) near Cass Bluff Loop Rd SE, in Brook Lake Township, Pennington, which is located approximately 25 miles east of Bemidji, MN or 10 miles NE of Cass Lake, MN.

Upon the arrival of first responders they had found that a 2018 Ford Escape, operated by Jeffrey L. Imhoff, 59 years old, of Bemidji, MN and a 2007 Chevrolet HHR, operated by Neil C. Cutbank, 44 years old, of Pennington, MN had collided in the southbound lane. Imhoff was traveling south on Scenic Highway and Cutbank was traveling north.

Cutbank was transferred by ambulance to Cass Lake Indian Health Service's Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. Imhoof was transported by a second ambulance to Sanford Emergency Department in Bemidji with non-life threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were found to have airbag deployment but Cutbank was found un-seat belted.

The investigation to the cause of the crash is on-going. An autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office and accident reconstruction by the Minnesota State Patrol are pending.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Leech Lake Ambulance Service, Cass lake Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

-Chief Deputy Jarrett Walton

Beltrami County Sheriff's Office


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