Medics brace for bad news as holiday accidents add up already


Even without big-time fireworks for sale, Minnesota will see plenty of injuries and accidents this holiday weekend, and medical workers are gearing up for a rush that has already started.

KSTP-TV catches up with an Alina Health manager and paramedic who says everyone is fully staffed: "We have 30 trucks on right now." He says he'll field a wide variety of calls: "Fractures, sprains, I'll probably see some car accidents."

There was a motorcycle crash that claimed two lives Thursday, the Pioneer Press reports, in Pine County. A 57-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman died after being airlifted to hospitals in Duluth. According to a news release from the Minnesota State Patrol, a Harley-Davidson was northbound on Interstate 35 around noon when the driver lost control and crashed.

The Northland News Center says the woman was driving.

Northwest of the Cities, two people have suffered electrical shocks while trying to charge a boat battery in a lake in Sherburne County, the Associated Press reports. A family spokesperson told KARE 11 that a man was standing in Eagle Lake, trying to charge the boat battery, when he was shocked. A woman nearby came to his aid and was also shocked.

The man was not conscious or breathing when emergency crews arrived on scene, KARE says. He was transported by air to North Memorial Hospital. The woman was alert and breathing and transported to the St. Cloud Hospital by ambulance.

Meanwhile in Hawley, east of Fargo, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports an 18-year-old woman is injured after a Jet Ski-style watercraft accident on Turtle Lake about 4 p.m. Thursday. The woman was taken to a Fargo hospital by airlift, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

And the Associated Press reports that a man on a riding lawn mower has died after he was hit by an SUV. A WMTV-TV report said the collision happened late Wednesday afternoon in Redgranite, in central Wisconsin. The victim has been identified as 81-year-old Leonard J. Schrock.

The station also reports that authorities in west-central Wisconsin say an ATV rider has died after his vehicle crashed into a tree near Black River Falls.

Finally, the woman who was burned in a fire at a North Shore motel on Wednesday, Paula Hughes, was reported in fair condition Thursday at a Duluth hospital, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

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