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Four weekend crashes send six to hospital

Two crashes in Olmsted County and one in Houston County Saturday sent four people to hospitals, while two others were taken to a hospital because of a crash Sunday, according to the State Patrol.

At about 10:25 a.m. Saturday, a 1998 Chevrolet pickup was stopped to make a left turn while traveling east on U.S. Highway 14 just east of Rochester. The truck was rear-ended by a 2003 Nissan Sentra, the patrol said. At the time, the pavement was wet.

The driver of the Sentra fled the scene. Police are still looking for the driver and vehicle, the report states.

Carlos Workman, 72, and Sandra Workman, 68, both of Rice, were transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital -- Saint Marys Campus. Sandra Workman was not listed as a patient today and her husband was dismissed Sunday, according to a Mayo spokeswoman.

At 3:33 p.m. Saturday, three cars were involved in a collision on U.S. Highway 52 and the 41st Street exit ramp southbound. A 2006 Chevy Colorado, 2008 GMC Sierra and 2011 Toyota Corolla were on the exit ramp when they collided, the state patrol reported.


Nancy Bruno, 62, of Zumbrota, the driver of the Corolla was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to St. Marys. She is in fair condition today, the Mayo spokeswoman said.

Around 11:28 p.m. Saturday, a LaCrescent man was injured when he lost control of the car he was driving south on a wet section of U.S. 61 near Dakota, he lost control of his car, it went into the ditch and hit a tree, the patrol said. The patrol said alcohol was detected but didn't say whether it contributed to the crash.

Michael S. Boettcher, 47, was taken to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. He was not listed as a patient there today, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Around 3:09 p.m. Sunday, a Spring Grove couple was injured when the car they were in struck a SUV that lost its brakes and rolled onto U.S. 52 near Marion.

The patrol said Mitchell G. Osterhus, 17, of Stewartville was driving a SUV east on Olmsted County Road 19 when his brakes failed and his SUV collided with a car being driven by Charles D. Holland, 66. He and his passenger, his wife, Pearl S. Holland, 73, were taken to Saint Marys, the patrol said. Osterhus had no apparent injuries.

Both are in good condition today, a Mayo spokeswoman said.

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