2 Boys Seriously Hurt in Crash with Semi Near Paynesville

March 28, 2018 03:59 PM

An 11-year-old passenger and a 16-year-old driver suffered serious injuries when the minivan in which they were traveling Wednesday crossed the centerline of Highway 23 near Paynesville and crashed head-on into a semitrailer.

Both the unidentified male driver and the 11-year-old male passenger were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. The younger boy's injuries were life-threatening, according to the State Patrol incident report.


Two other passengers, 50-year-old Heather Kathleen Shumaker and a 15-year-old boy, were taken to CentraCare Halth-Paynesville Hospital & Clinic with non-life threatening injuries, the report says. The driver of the semi, 61-year-old Roger Bruemmer, of Richmond, suffered a non-life threatening injury but was not taken to a medical facility.

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The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. when the Chrysler Town and Country driven by the 16-year-old crossed the centerline and struck the semi head-on. Road conditions were dry at the time, the report says, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Highway 23 was closed west of Paynesville near 263rd Avenue because of the crash and was detoured on 276th Avenue to 180th Avenue back to Highway 23.

KSTP is sending Chopper 5 to survey the scene. This is a developing news story. Check back for updates.



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