Minnesota State Patrol responds to three injury crashes over holiday weekend

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to three crashes in Cass County over the long holiday weekend, two of them with alcohol listed as a factor.

A Bena woman was transported to the Essentia Fargo Hospital after colliding a Chevy Cruze into a tractor-trailer head-on on Highway 371 Friday morning. Twenty-two-year-old Adina Headbird’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening and the tractor driver, a 47-year-old Bemidji man, was not injured in the crash within Shingobee Township.

The second alcohol-related crash was just after midnight Sunday in Cass Lake. Two pedestrians under the influence of alcohol attempted to cross Highway 2. A 25-year-old Cass Lake man swerved to avoid the running pedestrians and one of them was ultimately hit. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Fineday was transported to Sanford Bemidji for non-life-threatening injuries.

Another crash Saturday morning involved three vehicles in Walker. A Dodge Caravan was stopped behind a Volkswagon making a lefthand turn onto Ah Gwah Ching Road off Highway 371 when a Ford F150 failed to stop and caused the chain-reaction crash. No one was injured in the Ford or the Volkswagon but two adults and three children under the age of five in the minivan, all from Maple Grove, needed treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The adult male driver was transported to Sanford Fargo while the four passengers were transported to Sanford Bemidji.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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