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Forum staff reports, Published July 09 2011

Minnesota Patrol responds to three accidents in Otter Tail County Thursday

The Minnesota Highway Patrol responded to several accidents in Otter Tail County on Thursday. Below are accident descriptions from the Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, July 7, 2011 at approximately 9:18 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol responded to the report of a rollover crash involving an injury on Hwy.235 approximately 5 miles west of Parkers Prairie. A 2001 Ford Ranger was westbound on Hwy. 235 when it went off a curve into the ditch and struck and embankment and rolled over several times before coming to a rest on the vehicle’s rooftop. The driver of that vehicle, Dustin Stephan, 28, from Parkers Prairie was not wearing a seatbelt and needed to be extricated from the vehicle. Stephan was transported by a helicopter to a hospital in St. Cloud. Stephan had been drinking and a blood test was obtained. Stephan has two prior DUI’s on his driver’s record. While investigating the crash, a vehicle stopped at the scene to check on Stephan. That vehicle was being driven by Rachael Rothenberger, 21, last known address of West Fargo, North Dakota. Rothenberger was cited for “No Minnesota Driver’s License.” The State Patrol was assisted by the Parkers Prairie Police Department and the Parkers Prairie Fire Department.


On Thursday, July 7, 2011, at approximately 4:28 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol responded to the report of a rollover crash involving injuries on Hwy. 59 near Dunvilla (north of Pelican Rapids). The driver of the vehicle, Ashley Anderson, 20, of Wheaton, ran off the roadway and went into the ditch, began to skid and attempted to drive back onto the highway and rolled. The vehicle was also occupied by a 13 year old female, and a one year old female. The 13 year old was ejected from the vehicle. The ejected occupant was transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. Anderson stated that she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway prior to losing control. Anderson does not have a valid driver’s license, and the crash is pending further investigation. Medical conditions are not available for those involved in the crash.


On Thursday, July 7, 2011, at approximately 12:05 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol responded to an injury crash involving a car vs. a tractor on Hwy. 108 east of Dent. A 1996 Toyota Camry rear ended a 1973 International Farm Tractor that was pulling a bi-fold rake. The driver of the Toyota, Maxine Shaw, 56, of Dent, struck the farm combination after she thought she may have fallen asleep. Shaw was wearing a seat belt and airbags were deployed. Shaw was transported by the Perham Ambulance to the Perham Hospital. The driver of the tractor combination, Hunter Nodsle, 34, of Dent, was not injured. Nodsle was not displaying a “slow moving emblem” to the rear of his units. No citations were issued to either driver at this time. Shaw’s injuries did not appear to be severe.