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Minnesota nurse survives, but her husband dies in vacation crash

A fundraiser has been created for the widow.

A fundraiser has been launched for a Minnesota nurse who is recovering from injuries suffered in a crash that killed her husband while they were on vacation.

Dan and Diane Slimmer were traveling to Utah for vacation when on their way they were met by rapidly changing weather in northwestern Colorado, ultimately causing their three-wheel Cam-Am Spyder motorcycle to hydroplane and end "in a horrific crash," according to a GoFundMe campaign

"Dan did not survive his injuries. Diane was transported to the nearest hospital for stabilization. Once her injuries were known she was airlifted to a trauma center for a higher level of care," the story says. 

The campaign story says the Slimmers were met by "some of the worst storms Colorado has had in years" when the crash occurred. According to the National Weather Service, the weather on June 24 in Colorado produced severe thunderstorms with hail and strong winds, in addition to some snow in the mountains. 

Diane Slimmer has been a nurse at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls since 1983. In 2017 she was recognized with the Francis Award, which is presented to one employee annual for going "beyond the call of duty, serving the community and the organization with heart and hands."

Not only has she spent nearly four decades caring for patients, she's also twice defeated cancer, according to the GoFundMe. 

All donations to the GoFundMe will go to Diane Slimmer to help her focus on her recovery. 

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