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Three-vehicle accident under investigation

Six people were hospitalized, one in critical condition, following a three-vehicle collision Thursday evening on U.S. 14 near Chester Woods Park.

Three other people were also in the vehicles, but were not taken to the hospital.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, six men from Plainview were in a car being driven east at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, hit the guardrail along the highway that goes under a railroad viaduct and went into the westbound lane, where the car hit a sport utility vehicle and a pickup.

The driver of the car, Jose Gallegos-Marques, 27, is in fair condition today at Saint Marys Hospital, according to a Mayo Clinic spokesman. A passenger, Sergio Moreno-Equivel, 24, is in critical condition while two other passengers -- David Gomez, 28, and Benito Vasquez, 35 -- are in fair condition and Jesus Torres, 35, is in good condition. A sixth passenger was not taken to the hospital.

The SUV driver, Patricia Stevens, 50, of Chatfield, is in fair condition at the hospital, according to the spokesman. The two in the pickup, Rick and Michelle Speltz of Lewiston, were not taken to the hospital.

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The accident was reported at 8:15 p.m., and the patrol is continuing to investigate the cause of the accident, which happened when the highway was slick with sleet and snow.

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