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Woman, 2 toddlers hurt in Otter Tail County crash

A woman and two toddlers were injured in a chain-reaction three-car collision near Pelican Rapids yesterday. The woman, Chelsy Mae Mcdougall, age 23, of Fergus Falls, and her two young passengers, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, were taken to Lake...

A woman and two toddlers were injured in a chain-reaction three-car collision near Pelican Rapids yesterday.

The woman, Chelsy Mae Mcdougall, age 23, of Fergus Falls, and her two young passengers, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, were taken to Lakes Region Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.

The three were hurt after the Jeep Grand Cherokee Mcdougall was driving was struck by a Chevrolet Impala. The Impala had been rear-ended by a Ford Taurus, and the impact of that crash pushed it into the Jeep, causing the second crash.

The patrol reports that the Impala was travelling south on Highway 59, in Erhards Grove Township south of Pelican Rapids, when it stopped to wait for traffic before attempting to make a left turn. The Taurus was also travelling south and did not stop in time, striking the Impala from behind and pushing it into the northbound lane, where it struck the Jeep.

The driver of the Impala, 21-year-old Courtney Rae Thorson of Pelican Rapids, was not injured, according to the patrol. Nor was the driver of the Taurus, 16-year-old Tanner Dale Keep of Foxhome, Minn. A passenger in Keep’s vehicle, Hannah Rae Blazinski, of Erhard, was also unharmed.

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All six parties involved in the collision were wearing seatbelts, according to the patrol, and alcohol was not a factor. The crash occurred at 4:34 p.m. on a dry road.

Otter Tail County officials and other emergency agencies assisted at the scene.

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