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Forum staff reports, Published October 30 2009

Two-car accident sends four people to Fergus Falls hospital

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - An accident on an icy road in Otter Tail County this afternoon left two Doran residents in critical condition and injured two others, according to a Minnesota State Highway Patrol report.

The report listed Larry Smith, 63 and Bernice Smith, 89, in critical condition after their GMC Pickup spun out and on Hwy 210 near French and struck a 1992 Jeep head on.

The driver of the Jeep, Todd Orme, 19, of Cottage Grove, suffered minor injuries, and Peggy Smith, 58, of Doran suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the patrol.

All four individuals were transported to a Fergus Falls hospital.

Also, a jack-knifed semi blocked traffic for 45 minutes on Hwy 210 in Wilkin County, said Rick Fiedler, chief deputy for the Wilkin County Sheriff's Department.

"There's a lot of slush and water on the roads," Fiedler said. Wind is turning some wet spots into ice.

“We’ve had a couple of accidents, but not too many,” and no serious injuries, a dispatcher with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol’s Detroit Lakes district office were out helping with accidents, a dispatcher said.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department sent a couple of officers to help with accidents in the Barnesville area, including I-94. A semi-trailer was reported in the ditch east of Barnesville.