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Two injured in accident near Perham

Published 10:56am Friday, December 28, 2012

An 18-year-old Perham woman and a 42-year-old Wadena man were injured in a crash near Perham.

Jamie Kent Huttenen was driving his 1994 Chevy, Kodiak commercial logging flat bed truck west on County Highway 34 when Sophie Viola Byer, driving a 2008 Pontiac G6, pulled out in front of Huttenen from 410th Avenue. Byer was struck broadside by Huttenen, who was not able to stop in time at about 8:30 a.m.

Byer claimed she looked but did not see the Kodiak coming. Both were taken by ambulance to Perham Memorial Hospital. Byer was suffering from head and back pain and Huttenen reported lower back pain.

Damage to both vehicles exceeded $1,000. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office reported that road conditions and weather were not contributing factors.

Huttenen was cited by a Minnesota State Patrol commercial vehicle inspector for violations unrelated to the accident. The truck is registered to The Lumber Depot of New York Mills.


Vehicle destroyed in fire

A pickup was destroyed and siding was melted on a shed after a vehicle fire near Ottertail Thursday.

The fire was reported at 42045 Sugar Maple Drive between Otter Tail and Long Lakes at about 6:30.

The cause of the fire has not been released, but the 2001 Ford’s block heater was plugged in at the time of the fire.


Two vehicles damaged in Fleet Farm lot

Minor damage was reported on two vehicles, but nobody was injured in an accident in the Fleet Farm parking lot Thursday.

Warren Boardsen, 40, of rural Fergus Falls allegedly pulled out in front of Gwendolyn Gunderson, 69, of Fergus Falls in the Fleet Farm parking lot at about 4:30 p.m.

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