9 injured, including infants and toddlers, in northwest Minnesota crash

Among the injured are two 1-year-old babies, a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old.
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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. 

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