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Frazee man among three injured in fatal accident in Wadena

A Little Falls man died and three others were injured, including a Frazee man, in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 71 in Wadena. Adam J. Denny, 23, of Little Falls died in the crash. He was a passenger in a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina dr...

A Little Falls man died and three others were injured, including a Frazee man, in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 71 in Wadena.

Adam J. Denny, 23, of Little Falls died in the crash.

He was a passenger in a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Charles E. Denny, 56, of Staples, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Joshua S. Farber, 23, of Frazee, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was a passenger in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Don R. Poplin, 25, of Hewitt, who also went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All four men were wearing seat belts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles, which were totaled.

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According to the State Patrol, the Chevrolet Silverado was pulling a trailer northbound on Highway 71, approaching the intersection at Bottemiller Drive.

The Chevrolet Lumina was stopped in the left turn lane of south Highway 71, waiting to turn left onto Bottemiller Drive.

The Lumina turned in front of the Silverado at the last second, and the Silverado broadsided the Lumina, pushing it into the ditch.

The Silverado rolled, coming to rest in the ditch.

The passenger in the Lumina died at the scene of the crash. All other parties were transported to the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by The Wadena County Sheriff's Office, the Wadena City Police Department, Wadena City Fire, the Verndale Police Department and Tri-County Ambulance.

The accident was reported at 6:51 p.m. on dry two-lane pavement.

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