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Emergency crews respond to 2 crashes, with a fiery crash injuring drivers

Heavy rainfall may have contributed to two crashes, which happened about the same time, one on Highway 18 east of Brainerd and one on Industrial Park Road in Brainerd. The crashes were reported about the same time as a storm moved through the area.

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Two vehicles sustained damage after a crash at Industrial Park Road near Crow Wing Recycling. A front-end loader came out of Crow Wing Recycling to collect one of the vehicles and the other was towed from the scene. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Two drivers suffered minor injuries in a fiery crash Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, that backed up traffic at least a mile on Highway 18 near Three Mile Road just east of Brainerd about the same time as a second crash involved two cars in Brainerd.

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Traffic was backed up after a fiery crash between a pickup truck and a minivan left two drivers with minor injuries on Highway 18 near Three Mile Road east of Brainerd. Chelsey Perkins / Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County Sgt. Tyler Burke described the call that came in just before 5 p.m. on Highway 18 as a glancing -- rather than head-on -- crash between an eastbound minivan and a westbound pickup truck. There was extensive property damage, Burke said, as one vehicle was on fire when authorities arrived.

He believes heavy rainfall at the time likely played a role in the crash.

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Both drivers were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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Two vehicles sustained damage after a crash at Industrial Park Road near Crow Wing Recycling. A front-end loader came out of Crow Wing Recycling to collect one of the vehicles and the other was towed from the scene. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

About the same time, Brainerd Police officers responded to a second crash involving two cars at Industrial Park Road in Brainerd near Crow Wing Recycling. Two North Memorial Ambulance crews responded to the scene. Further details on the condition of the vehicle occupants wasn’t available Wednesday night.

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