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5 injury accidents in Rochester area Tuesday afternoon

The State Patrol reported five accidents involving injuries in the region Tuesday afternoon and evening, with four of them on icy highways.

The five are:

• Around 12:39 p.m. Michael Martin, 61, of Chatfield was injured when he lost control of his vehicle on an icy stretch of Minnesota Highway 30 near Blooming Prairie and it rolled. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus in Rochester. He was not listed there this morning.

• About 10 minutes later, there was a head-on collision on Minnesota Highway 56 north of Hayfield. The patrol said Brian K. Nelson, 44, of Rochester, lost control of the semi he was driving north on the icy highway and the semi jackknifed. The semi collided with a car driven by Christine M. Garness, 47, of Chatfield.

Garness was taken to Saint Marys. She was not listed there this morning.


• Around 1:09 p.m., Mercedes Sorvaag, 25, of Owatonna, lost control of the vehicle she was driving west on U.S. 14 west of Dodge Center and it went into the ditch. She was taken to Owatonna Hospital in Owatonna. Two passengers were not taken to a hospital.

• Around 4:16 p.m., two people were taken to Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha after the driver of the car they were in lost control on an icy Minnesota Highway 42 near Kellogg.

Heidi E. Torres, 48, of Plainview was driving the vehicle and her passenger was Taylor M. Torres, 15, of Plainview.

• Around 10:42 p.m., a semi-tractor trailer was waiting to turn south and was blocking the northbound section of U.S. 63 at its intersection with Interstate 90 when an SUV hit if from the side, becoming wedged underneath it.

Steven Schultz, 53, of Stewartville, who was driving the SUV north on 63, was extricated and airlifted to Saint Marys, where he was listed in fair condition this morning. The semi was driven by Donald K. Finstad, 49, of Eau Claire, Wis.; he was not injured.

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