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Detroit Lakes man injured in Highway 10 intersection crash

A 2019 Honda CRV, driven by Jose Francisco Nava Olivas (29) of Detroit Lakes, was westbound on Highway 10. A 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by Todd Daniel Fiedler (54) with an 8-year-old passenger was northbound on County Road 60.

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The Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 60 intersection is located a few miles outside of Perham. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

One person was injured when two cars collided on Highway 10 on Sunday, Aug. 15, said a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

A 2019 Honda CRV, driven by Jose Francisco Nava Olivas, 29, of Detroit Lakes, was westbound on Highway 10 about 11 p.m. A 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by Todd Daniel Fiedler, 54, of Pelican Rapids with an 8-year-old passenger was northbound on County Road 60.

The Pacifica crossed into the lines of traffic and collided with the Honda. Olivas suffered an injury that wasn't life-threatening and was treated at Perham Health. Neither people in the Pacifica were hurt. Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts.

Due to the number of crashes and the severity of them, the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Improvement Program plans to complete construction on the Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 60 intersection, turning it into a U-turn.

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MnDOT Project Manager Joeb Oyster said, "These changes have been shown to be successful in other areas." MnDOT's research has found that accidents on this type of intersection often occur in the last two lanes of traffic, and the U-turn will help prevent this as well as more severe T-bone crashes. This project is scheduled for 2024.

Changes planned for Highway 10
Otter Tail County, Perham Fire and Perham Area EMS responded to the scene of the crash.

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