Minnesota's state auditor and a state senator were injured in a crash with a semi-truck while driving home from FarmFest on Wednesday.
State Auditor Julie Blaha, 51, was driving and Sen. Melisa Franzen, 41, DFL-Edina, was the passenger. They both suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Redwood Hospital, the Minnesota State Patrol report says. The driver of the semi-truck, a 70-year-old man from Franklin, wasn't hurt.
"We’ve spoken to Auditor Blaha since the accident and she’s currently being observed at a local hospital," Communications and Legislative Affairs Director for Blaha told Bring Me The News.
The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash happened just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 13 and Highway 67 in Redwood County.
Blaha was driving a Jeep Cherokee southbound on County Road 13, while the semi-truck was going eastbound on Highway 67. The two collided in the intersection, the State Patrol says.
Blaha and Franzen had attended FarmFest in Morgan, Minnesota. It's a three-day agricultural show that draws farmers, politicians, agricultural businesses and nonprofits.