Crow Wing County crash injures Idaho woman

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

A three-vehicle crash left a passenger injured Friday, Aug. 30, in Oak Lawn Township in Crow Wing County.

Francine Fay Spears was westbound in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on Minnesota Highway 18 at about 5:10 p.m. when the 63-year-old from Duluth stopped to turn south onto County Road 23. Josie Lynn Formanek, 18, of Staples was in a 2014 Ford Escape waiting to make a left turn.

Shawn Cameron Barnes, 44, of Brainerd, was in a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 when he rear-ended Formanek’s vehicle, pushed it into a ditch and then collided with Spears’ vehicle.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts, their vehicles’ airbags were not deployed and they did not need to be treated for injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Anna Rose Wilhelm, 30, of Unk, Idaho, Spears’ passenger, was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.


The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the crash site.

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