3-vehicle crash injures Brainerd woman

Sara Vacinek suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

A Brainerd woman was injured in a three-vehicle crash Monday, April 26, on Highway 210 northeast of Brainerd.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported at 5:20 p.m., 44-year-old Sara Vacinek came to a stop in her 2015 Toyota Sienna in the westbound lane of Highway 210 to make a left turn onto White Pine Drive in Brainerd. A 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 50-year-old Jerry Toeben of Sartell struck Vacinek from behind, causing her Toyota to go into the eastbound lane and strike a 2009 Honda Civic driven by 24-year-old Gabriel Smith of Deerwood. All vehicles came to rest in the traffic lanes, which were reportedly wet at the time of the crash.

Vacinek was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for non-life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol.

Neither Toeben nor Smith were injured. Toeben was wearing a seat belt, and Smith was not, according to the state patrol.

The Brainerd Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, North Memorial Health Ambulance and the Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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