Multiple accidents reported between Christmas and New Year's
At least eight separate car accidents occurred in the area this holiday season.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reported seven accidents between Christmas and New Year's Eve, and the Minnesota State Patrol also reported one.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported as a result of the crashes.
At about 2 p.m. on Dec. 26, a Burtrum, Minn., woman suffered non life-threatening injuries in a broadside car accident in New York Mills.
As previously reported in the Focus, Jessica Kundo, age 26, was a passenger in a 2002 Chrysler Sebring, traveling west on Highway 10, when the Sebring struck another vehicle broadside while attempting to make a turn. The driver of the Sebring, as well as the driver and passenger of the other vehicle, were unharmed.
The New York Mills Police Department assisted at the scene.
On the morning of Dec. 27, two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident near Perham, at the intersection of Highway 34 and 410th Avenue.
As previously reported in the Focus, Jamie Kent Huttenen, 42, of Wadena, suffered lower back pain as a result of the crash. Sophia Viola Byer, 18, of Perham, sustained head and back pain. Both were taken to Perham Health.
Sheriff's deputies said Byer's car was broadsided by a commercial vehicle driven by Huttenen. Byer told authorities that she looked but did not see Huttenen's vehicle. Huttenen was not able to stop in time to avoid the impact.
The Perham Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.
A minor accident took place near Pelican Rapids at 12:24 a.m. on Dec. 28. The sheriff's office said the mishap occurred at the intersection of Highway 3 and Skunk Hill Road, southeast of town.
On Dec. 28, at about 7 a.m., a driver escaped injury near the county line connecting Otter Tail and Douglas counties. Authorities said the driver went into a ditch and hit a power line pole.
At 5:42 p.m. on Dec. 28, the State Patrol arrested an intoxicated female driver who had crashed her vehicle at the junction of Highways 14 and 78, south of Perham.
Authorities said the vehicle may have slid across Highway 78. A male passenger was also in the vehicle. He was later given a ride to his residence.
Sheriff's deputies detained the driver until Highway Patrol officers could arrive on the scene. The name of the arrested individual was not available.
A driver struck a parked car along Main Street in Perham at 10:07 p.m. on Dec. 28. No injuries were reported, and the investigation is continuing.
One vehicle struck a parked vehicle at Big Chief Truck Stop and Restaurant in Fergus Falls at 9:07 a.m. on Dec. 30. The parked vehicle had a dented side fender and damaged rear taillight. The other party, however, left a note with insurance information and who to contact.
On Dec. 30, a Wadena woman, 19-year-old Kelsey Brown, sustained minor injuries in a traffic accident at 8:04 p.m. near New York Mills. She was transported to Perham Health.
The sheriff's office said Brown was traveling eastbound on Highway 14 in her 2008 Chevrolet Malibu when she lost control. The vehicle left the roadway, hit an approach, traveled in a ditch, hit a small embankment and came to rest on a frozen pond.
Authorities said the wayward vehicle traveled 100 yards before it came to rest.
Assisting sheriff's deputies were the New York Mills Fire Department and Perham EMS.