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Frazee man making 'small progress' after broadside crash Thursday

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Frazee resident Terry D. Green, 50, who was critically injured in a broadside collision on Thursday, is making small progress in the hospital.

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On his Caring Bridge website, his daughter Chelsey wrote Friday morning that "Our family is cautiously optimistic at this point. Even a small amount of progress is progress nonetheless."

After the accident, which occurred at about 5:15 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Highway 10 and County Road 10 near Morningside Motel, Green was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary's and then taken to Sanford Health in Fargo.

"When Dad arrived at Sanford this morning, he had his chest examined for trauma and the doctors removed his spleen," Chelsey posted on Caring Bridge.

"His pancreas was slightly damaged in the process. His abdomen was left open after the spleen removal and if all goes well through the night, the doctors will go in and clean his organs and close him back up tomorrow."

The morning of the accident, Green was westbound on County Road 10 to turn eastbound on Highway 10. He was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

His truck was hit broadside by Terry J. Birkeland, 36, of Frazee who was westbound on Highway 10 in a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup.

Birkeland suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital following the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Friday morning, Chelsey posted: "The nurses lessened the dose of his blood pressure medication very slightly and also eased off on the sedation to check for reflexes and responses from him using commands such as wiggling his toes and squeezing his hand, which he did do. He also fluttered his eyelids a little bit and his pupils were reactive, which is good."

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