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One seriously injured in Cottage Grove crash

One seriously injured in Cottage Grove crash Photo: City of Cottage Grove/Facebook

Updated: October 14, 2019 04:44 PM

A road in Cottage Grove was closed as authorities investigated a serious crash this morning.

The city of Cottage Grove reported Monday morning that the Minnesota State Patrol was investigating the crash, which happened on Manning Avenue.

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As the state patrol investigated, Manning Avenue, between 70th and 77th streets was closed for several hours, city officials said.

A State Patrol crash report said a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander was headed south on Highway 95 when it crossed the center line. A northbound 2006 International truck swerved right to avoid a collision, but the Mitsubishi sideswiped the truck and proceeded to collide head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado, which was pulling a trailer and driving behind the International truck.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was identified as 41-year-old Melinda Maye Stevenson of Blaine. She suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. 

Michael John Friedrich, age 31, of Hastings was identified as the driver of the Chevy and 53-year-old Steven Foote also of Hastings was identified as the driver of the International truck. Neither received injures in the crash. 

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