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Forum News Service, Published December 16 2013

3 people seriously injured in head-on crash in Mahnomen County

Three people were sent to a Fargo hospital with serious injuries after a two-vehicle, head-on collision Monday afternoon in Mahnomen County.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Dominic LaFriniere, 21, of Mahnomen, was traveling west on Highway 200 at milepost 59 just after 2:30 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the center line, lost its left rear tire and collided with a eastbound 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Jesse Wadena, 24, of Naytahwaush, Minn.

Wadena and her passengers in the Pontiac, Tracy Wadena, 45, of Naytahwaush and a 2-year-old male child, were taken to Sanford Hospital in Fargo with serious injuries. LaFriniere and his 14-year-old passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the Patrol said.

According to the Patrol, none of the five people involved in the crash was wearing seat belts and air bags were deployed in all cases except for the 2-year-old.