State patrol says driver was texting and driving when she rear-ended semi

The state patrol reported alcohol was in the driver's system.

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

WALKER — A 25-year-old Walker woman was texting while driving Wednesday, Sept. 1, when she rear-ended a semitrailer.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported Michael L. Larson, 45, Randall, was driving a Kenworth semitrailer east on Highway 200 nearing Onigum Road, south of Walker. Larson put his hazard lights on and slowed to about 30 mph. A GMC Yukon driven by Catherine A. Bruce was traveling east also on Highway 200 behind the semitrailer. Bruce was texting while driving and struck the rear of the semitrailer, the state patrol reported.

The state patrol reported alcohol was in Bruce’s system. Bruce had four passengers in the Yukon with her and all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The passengers were Jeanne L. Goose, 55, Minneapolis; Richard K. Tallman, 31, East Grand Forks; and Danette A. White, 6, and Jersey P. Madgin, 2, both of Walker. The two children were taken to an area hospital.

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