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A three-car collision detoured traffic on Highway 34 for roughly 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Meagan Pittelko/Forum News Service

Three cars were involved in a rear-end collision on Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, causing eastbound traffic to be detoured around the crash on County Road 141.

According to eyewitnesses at the scene, a young woman driving a car westbound on Highway 34 was attempting to make a lefthand turn off the highway and onto Highland Drive, when a man driving a red pickup rear-ended her.

The woman’s car then reportedly spun around, swiping a black truck travelling in the eastbound lane of the highway.

“The guy in the red pickup didn’t see her and plowed right into the back of her,” stated the driver of the black truck whose vehicle suffered damage to the left, rear tire during the collision. “Wasn’t her fault. I saw.”

It appeared that the driver of the red truck attempted to avoid the collision at the last second, suffering front-end damage to the left side of the vehicle.

The driver of the black truck, a man who lives near Cotton Lake, did not suffer any injuries; however, the other two drivers did suffer possible injuries, although initial reports are that they were not life threatening.

“Lucky,” said the Cotton Lake local. “There was a semi right behind us, and he kind of wheezed his way through there (the crash site).”

The Detroit Lakes Police Department, St. Mary’s EMS, Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and Detroit Lakes Fire Department assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with the crash.


The Minnesota State Patrol released the names of the drivers involved in the accident.

Hannah Abigail Clark, 17, of Detroit Lakes, was the driver of the 2003 Ford Escape, which was rear-ended in the westbound lane of the highway by a 1998 Chevrolet S10, driven by Sheldon Michael Behlmer, 19, of Detroit Lakes.

Both Clark and Behlmer were transported to Essentia Health with non-life threatening injuries.

Robert Allan Bachmann, 60, of Rochert, was driving the 2012 Ford Super Duty, which was damaged when the initial collision caused the Ford Escape to enter the eastbound lane where Bachmann was travelling.

According to reports, the accident occurred on wet pavement, and alcohol was not a contributing factor to the crash.

Clark and Buchmann were both wearing a seatbelt; Behlmer was not.

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