Nine people were injured in a head-on crash on a snow-covered road in northwest Minnesota Friday night.
The collision happened on Hwy. 59 in Lake Grove Township – south of Mahnomen, near the City of Waubun – at approximately 9:15 p.m. There were seven people, including four young children, in a Chevy van when it collided with a Pontiac Grand Am.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the collision happened after the northbound van crossed the center line on a curve, with the driver of the southbound Pontiac trying to avoid the crash by moving into the northbound lane, but the vehicles collided head-on in the middle of the road.
Among the seven occupants of the van:
- 28-year-old Ponsford woman (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 20-year-old Ponsford woman (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 24-year-old White Earth man (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 3-year-old Ponsford girl (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 2-year-old Ponsford girl (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 1-year-old White Earth boy (non-life-threatening injuries)
- 1-year-old White Earth girl (life-threatening injuries)
The 1 year olds were taken to Fargo Hospital while all others, with the exception of the 20-year-old woman, were transported to Mahnomen Health Center.
Two 33-year-old men from Thief River Falls were in the Pontiac and both were transported to Mahnomen Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries.