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Storm causes five local crashes

Five crashes with injuries were reported across the region once snow started falling Wednesday afternoon, according to Minnesota State Patrol.

The first local crash occurred at 2:35 p.m. when Rochester's Achala Cham, 41, lost control of her truck while traveling westbound on Interstate 90 near Austin and rolled in the ditched. She was transported to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol's incident report.

The second crash occurred just before 5 p.m. in Mower County when two local men were involved in a head-on collision near Grand Meadow. Blooming Prairie's Joshua Hasse, 26, was traveling westbound while he collided with Grand Meadow's Joshua Jacobson, 30.

Hasse suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Jacobson was not hurt.

A third crash was reported east of Rochester involving two more vehicles that collided while traveling in opposite directions. Coon Rapids' Cindy Taylor, 43, was westbound on U.S. Highway 14 at 6:41 p.m. when she collided with a vehicle driven by Minnesota City's Adam Stockhausen, 38.


Taylor was transported to Saint Marys Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Stockhausen and his 4-year-old son, Mason, were not injured in the crash.

The next local crash occurred on U.S. Highway 52 east of Harmony when two vehicles were involved in a head-on-crash at 6:45 p.m. Houston's Linda Halvorson, 67, crossed the center line on the icy road to strike the vehicle driven by Mabel's Gary Wangen, 66, according to the State Patrol's incident report.

Halvorson was not hurt, but Wangen and 58-year-old Mary Skadson, of Mabel, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Wangen was transported to an unspecified medical facility in Decorah, Iowa, for treatment, while Skadson is being treated at Gunderson Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis.

Another accident occurred just before 8 p.m. when Owatonna resident Angela Vela, 26, lost control of her vehicle and hit a guardrail when driving on U.S. 14 just east of Byron. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Saint Marys Hospital for care.

No further crashes had been reported by State Patrol as of 8 a.m. this morning.

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