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Icy roads lead to accidents, injuries

Icy roads led to accidents and some injuries in the Perham area on Monday.

Three people, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 9:43 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and Harvest Avenue, west of Perham.

A vehicle driven by Jenette Rader, 73, of Perham, was approaching the intersection when she was unable to stop at a stop sign due to icy conditions. A second vehicle was driven by Clifton Rott, 78, of Dent. He saw that Rader was unable to stop and attempted to avoid her vehicle, but was unable to do so. The vehicles collided, and both ended up in the ditch.

Rader, Rott and his passenger, 75-year-old Shirley Rott of Dent, were transported to Perham Health with non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Perham police, fire and EMS personnel assisted at the scene of the accident. Rader was driving a 1997 Buick LeSabre and the Rotts were traveling in a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup.

Prior to that accident, two people were injured at 8:30 a.m. in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highways 14 and 67, southwest of New York Mills.

A vehicle driven by 21-year-old Amber Hedin of Ottertail was parked at a stop sign, waiting for the vehicle in front of her to go, when a second vehicle driven by Elli Rutten, 16, of Perham, pulled up behind Hedin but was unable to stop due to icy conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rutten’s vehicle ran into the back of Hedin’s vehicle. Hedin and her five-year-old son were taken to Perham Health for non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and released.

Hedin was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus and Rutten was traveling in a 2004 Honda passenger car.

Another accident along Highway 67, at 11:42 a.m., was caused by an ice-covered roadway. This single-vehicle accident involved Brenda Leih, 42, of Fergus Falls, who was driving a 2003 Pontiac passenger car when she lost control of the vehicle. It left the roadway and slid into a ditch, hitting a tree. The sheriff’s office said Leih sustained minor neck and back pain and was treated at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

In another incident, two people escaped injury in a single-vehicle accident at 1:23 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 82 and Tumuli Road, northwest of Dalton.

A 2004 Mercury Mountaineer SUV driven by Elida Johnson, 66, of Evansville, was traveling eastbound on Highway 82 when Johnson lost control of the vehicle after getting out of the driving lane.

The vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office, slid down an embankment and rolled onto its side on top of a frozen pond. A passing motorist stopped and assisted Johnson and her husband out of the vehicle. They did not suffer any injuries.

Assisting at the scene were the Dalton Fire Department and Ringdahl Ambulance.

Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent