Three injured in crash near Walker

Three were injured in a crash near Walker yesterday afternoon.

According to the state patrol, 53-year-old David Knowles of Laporte was northbound on Highway 371 when he stopped to take a left turn onto Ruffled Grouse Rd. in Shingobee Township.

Eighteen-year-old Layne Hassel of Blackduck was also northbound on the highway, and was passing another vehicle just south of Knowles’ GMC Savanna when Hassell struck Knowles.

Hassell was in a GMC Sierra, which then bounced off into a southbound Honda Pilot.

Hassell’s vehicle subsequently caught fire.

Hassell was transported to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. The Pilot occupants, 68-year-old jon Putzier and 51-year-old Jeannette Lindsey, both of Walker, were treated at St. Joseph’s.

All injuries were described as non-life threatening and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Walker Fire assisted at the scene.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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