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11 injured in pileup when semi slams into vehicles stopped for MnDOT flagger

Five children were among the injured in the chain-reaction crash.

Eleven people were transported to area hospitals after a five-vehicle pileup in southwest Minnesota. The chain-reaction crash happened on Highway 71 in Redwood Falls Township at approximately 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. 

According to the State Patrol, three vehicles were stopped for a MnDOT flagger on northbound Hwy. 71 when a semi tractor slammed into the back of a slowing SUV, which caused the chain-reaction crash with the three vehicles that were stopped. 

A 92-year-old Redwood Falls woman who was in a Kia Optima that was stopped for the flagger was taken by North Air Care to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with life-threatening injuries. 

Four people from Alexandria, the 15-year-old driver and passengers aged 9, 49 and 58, were in a Ford Edge that was stopped. All four suffered noncritical injuries and were transported to Redwood Hospital. 

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Two people from Edgerton, ages 79 and 76, were in a Chevy Equinox that was stopped when the pileup occurred. Both sustained non-life-threatening injures and were taken to Redwood Hospital. 

A 34-year-old Lamberton woman was driving the Chevy Suburban that was initially rear-ended by the semi. She and three children, ages 4, 4, and 2, were also taken to Redwood Hospital, all suffering non-life-threatening injuries. 

The semi driver, a 53-year-old Windom man, was not injured. 

No further information has been released. 

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