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Four injured Saturday in rearend crash

Four injured Saturday in rearend crash

ONAMIA — Four people were injured in a three-vehicle rear-end crash at 8:27 p.m. Saturday on Highway 169 and Wagidaaki Drive, 12 miles north of Onamia, reported the Minnesota State Patrol.

It was reported that Lyndsey Mitchell, 23, Onamia, was traveling north on Highway 169, when she stopped to make a left turn on Wagidaaki Drive. Another driver, Travis Inwards, 41, Little Falls, was traveling north on Highway 169 and struck her vehicle in the rear pushing it into the south-bound lane. A third vehicle driven by Jesse Borders, 27, Brainerd, was south on Highway 169 and was struck by Mitchell’s vehicle.

Borders was taken to Mille Lacs Health Care Center in Onamia for non-life-threatening injuries. Inwards and Mitchell were not injured.

Mitchell had five passengers: Bentley Poitra, an infant, and Renae Short, 22, both of Onamia, were not injured; Jennifer St. Marks, 27, New Brighton, Rachel Ridinger, 32, Hopkins, and Earl Monchamp, 42, Onamia, were all injured and were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. On Tuesday, St. Marks was in fair condition, Ridinger was in good condition and Monchamp was in critical condition.

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office and Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department assisted the state patrol at the scene.

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