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Wadena man injured in crash

WADENA — A 44-year-old Wadena man suffered serious injuries following a three-vehicle collision Sunday on Highway 71, about two miles north of Wadena, the State Patrol office in Detroit Lakes reported. 

The victim, Dewayne Murdock, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Stacaia Murdock, 36, Brainerd. On Monday his condition was upgraded from critical to fair.

About 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Stacaia Murdock was northbound on Highway 71, slowing and signaling for a left turn when her vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Jessica Beaulieu, 25, Cass Lake. 

The collision forced Stacaia Murdock’s vehicle to roll into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a semi-truck and trailer driven by Zachary Njaa, 24, Wannaska. 

The State Patrol reported the impact of the collision of Stacaia Murdock’s vehicle and Njaa’s semi-truck tore the engine compartment from the passenger compartment of Stacaia Murdock’s vehicle. 

The front of Stacaia Murdock’s vehicle, as well as the other two vehicles involved in the collision, came to rest in the east ditch. The passenger compartment of Stacaia Murdock’s vehicle came to rest on the east shoulder. 

Dewayne Murdock was airlifted in critical condition to St. Cloud Hospital. On Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said Dewayne Murdock was in fair condition. 

Stacaia Murdock; Jessica Beaulieu; and Jessica Beaulieu’s two passengers, her son Aaron Jones, 7, and her daughter Lakota Beaulieu, 4, were treated at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena and released. 

Njaa was not injured in the collision.

The Wadena Sheriff’s Department and Wadena Police Department assisted at the scene of the crash.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.