Toddler killed in Becker County crash

A three-year-old boy was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Becker County.

According to a release, deputies responded to the scene Saturday afternoon when a Ford pickup and Dodge Durango collided on County Road 151 near the intersection of 440th St. in Evergreen township.

After the collision, the Ford left the road and rolled into the north ditch.

Two occupants of 34-year-old Kristopher Engle’s Ford were airlifted to a Fargo hospital, two were taken to Essentia St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes, and life performing measures on three-year-old Hank Engel of Frazee were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the Durango were treated for their injuries at the scene.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Wolf Lake Rescue, Wolf Lake Fire Department, Detroit Lakes Fire Department-Rescue 1, St. Mary’s EMS, Lifelink III and Sanford Air Care asissted the Becker County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.


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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