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Death of Perham mother among flurry of emergencies Monday

Nearly all hands were on deck on a manic Monday morning, as three emergency calls from all corners of East Otter Tail occurred in only a 20 minute time span.

Tragically, a Perham mother of four young children was killed when her car hit a patch of ice and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

Killed was Tristen Lee-Dolan, 37, Perham; who was driving two of her children to daycare. The children, one of them only five months old, sustained injuries.

Lee-Dolan was rushed to the Perham Memorial Hospital, and died there.

The two children, Mason Dolan, age four, and Sienna Dolan, were admitted to the hospital; treated and released.

The accident occurred on County Road 8, at about 8:14 a.m., Nov. 9, when the Pontiac Montana driven by Lee-Dolan and a Dodge Caravan driven by Mary Swyter, 59, collided. Swyter was airlifted from the Perham Memorial Hospital helicopter landing site to Fargo-where she remains in stable condition, according to Jim Rieber, Perham-East Otter Tail Emergency Services director.

The accident occurred on or near the bridge by the boat landing on the east side of Little Pine Lake.

Icy road conditions are suspected as being a factor in the cause of the accident, according to the Otter Tail County Sherrif's Department report.

Perham volunteer firefighters were also at the scene, and used emergency extraction equipment to remove one of the victims from the wreckage.

Every ambulance available, including back-up units from Henning and Pelican Rapids, were called to the Perham area, Rush Lake and Dent, between about 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. November 9.

Two of the victims were air-lifted on two separate helicopters. A third air ambulance was on the way to Perham, but was called off, according to Perham Emergency Services director Jim Rieber.

Four were injured in a two two car accident on County Road 8, north of Perham. The icey surface on the bridge, near the Little Pine public boat landing was attributed as the cause of the near-head-on accident.

Meanwhile, there was a one car accident on County Road 34, near Dent. The victim, Kyla Ann Winkels, 25, sustained non-life-threatening injuries when her vehicle slipped on icy roads, and rolled over into the ditch.

A Minnesota State Trooper who as at the scene, but she was transported to Perham Memorial.

An ambulance from Henning was called within the same time frame. A woman was suffering from an apparent chemical overdose. She was transported to Perham, and then airlifted to Fargo.