CRT Team Grand Forks


The North Dakota Highway Patrol Crash Reconstruction Team (CRT) applies the science of reconstruction and causation analysis to major crash and crime scenes across the state.  The CRT is currently staffed by 16 specially-trained investigators located throughout the state.

CRT personnel are recognized leaders in the field of crash reconstruction who use current technology to document crash and crime scenes.  Software is used to generate scale diagrams and to perform mathematical calculations.  The work completed by the CRT has proven valuable in criminal prosecutions.

CRT personnel receive extensive training in crash and crime scene reconstruction and keep current in analytical techniques, methodology, and theory.  CRT members also provide crash investigation training to county and local officers at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy. 

Crash Reconstruction:

  • Forensic mapping of crash scenes using total station technology
  • Event data recorder download and analysis from vehicles
  • Recognition and preservation of critical evidence
  • Comprehensive analysis of crashes evaluating human, vehicle, and environmental factors
  • Professional reports and expert court testimony

Crime Scene Reconstruction:

  • Forensic mapping of crime scenes using total station technology
  • Trajectory analysis and measurement-related needs
  • Computer generated scale diagramming and 3D modeling
  • Professional quality trial exhibits

The NDHP CRT provides assistance to local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as to local and state prosecutors. Request assistance through regional NDHP supervisors or for additional information, contact CRT coordinator, Trooper Travis Nelson, 701-328-2447.