FARGO -- Two people were injured Thursday, Aug. 25, when a four-door sedan went off the road and struck a sign and a tree near Fargo South High School.

The vehicle was northbound on 25th Street South about 10 a.m. when the driver took a wide turn onto 17th Avenue South and headed eastbound, swerving between lanes, said Fargo police Sgt. Mike Sanden.

Just east of the intersection of Whitestone Circle South and 17th Avenue, the vehicle jumped the curb on the north side of the road and smashed into a tree on the southwest edge of the South High campus, Sanden said.

The two males in the car were injured and taken by an ambulance to a local hospital, Sanden and Fargo Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Nelson said. Sanden said he did not know the ages of the males or if they were students at South High.

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Nelson and Sanden said they did not know the extent of the victims’ injuries.

As a half dozen police officers swarmed over the scene, taking pictures and doing accident reconstruction, Fire Department vehicles blocked 17th Avenue South off from traffic about 70 yards away from the crash site in each direction.

Both air bags in the car deployed and the engine compartment was smashed, with the hood crumpled and the bumper ripped from the frame.

Sanden said the investigation of the accident would include determining whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

Thursday is the first day of school for Fargo’s public schools.