2 people killed, 1 seriously injured in west-central Minnesota crash

An 86-year-old Lake Lillian man and a 35-year-old man from Faribault, neither wearing a seat belt, died in a crash Saturday between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. An 83-year-old woman was flown to

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EAST LAKE LILLIAN TOWNSHIP, Minn. — One of the vehicles involved in a west-central Minnesota crash that killed both drivers and seriously injured a passenger Saturday afternoon had been reported stolen minutes earlier.

The crash was reported at 4:32 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on Minnesota Highway 7 between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. The theft of a 2019 GMC Yukon was reported at 4:10 p.m. roughly 20 miles away.

August Faber, 86, of Lake Lillian, was driving a 2021 Ford Edge westbound on Highway 7, and

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash, reported at 9:26 a.m. in Mckinley Township, west of Pine River.

Jacob Thomas Dahlheimer, 35, of Faribault, Minnesota, was driving a 2019 GMC Yukon southbound on 195th Street Southeast when the vehicles collided at the intersection, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.


Both men died from their injuries.

Gertrude Faber, 83, of Lake Lillian, a passenger in the Ford, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.

The 2019 Yukon was reported stolen in the city of Kandiyohi, according to a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office entry in the daily media report. The reporting party gave a description of the man alleged to have taken the vehicle, and said the suspect had come from an apartment building and had also been inside a store there.

An entry in the Sheriff’s Office daily report Sunday morning said a stolen vehicle was recovered at the location of the fatal crash.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Nester confirmed to the West Central Tribune on Sunday afternoon that the two reports are part of the same incident, but said he could not provide any additional information at this time while the matter is under investigation.

According to the State Patrol report on the crash, road conditions were dry, and it is unknown if alcohol was a factor.

Both drivers’ airbags deployed, but neither of the men was wearing a seat belt. The passenger was wearing her seat belt, the Patrol reported.

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