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Passenger seriously hurt in three-vehicle crash near Wadena

WADENA, Minn. - One person was seriously hurt when a car was rear-ended by a van and then struck by a semitrailer Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. on Highway 71 about two miles north of Wadena.

According to the patrol:

A northbound 1992 Dodge Spirit was slowing down and signaling to make a left turn when a 2002 Dodge Caravan struck the car from behind. The car started to roll onto its right side as it was forced into the southbound lane.

An oncoming semitrailer loaded with wheat hit the car in the hood, tearing the engine compartment from the passenger compartment.

The car's passenger was airlifted to a St. Cloud hospital with serious injuries. Its driver was treated and released from Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

The van's occupants, which included two children in booster seats and seat belts, also were treated and released from the hospital. The semi's driver wasn't injured.

The Wadena Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Office assisted the patrol.