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Firefighters attack a propane fire at a drill Wednesday night in Osage. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Disaster drill interrupted by two accidents

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Disaster drill interrupted by two accidents
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For those who passed through the tiny hamlet of Osage Wednesday night, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were not in town.

But a massive disaster drill, including a car wreck, propane spill, trench collapse and other calamities visited the region in an effort to train more than 100 emergency personnel from two dozen agencies.


Steven Spielberg would have envied the staging of events, actually orchestrated by Carsonville Fire & Rescue chief Roger Wilson with the aid of dozens of volunteers.

Read more about the drill in Saturday's Enterprise.

The drill was interrupted by two real-life accidents.

At 5 p.m. a motorcycle-deer collision occurred at Becker County 37 and Highway 113.

Todd Pearson, 50, of Fosston, was airlifted to a Fargo hospital. His wife, Nancy, 50, was believed to have suffered non life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing helmets, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. Todd Pearson's condition and location are not known at this time.

Two hours later a head-on collision occurred on Becker County 123, three miles south of Highway 34.

A vehicle driven by Ryan Mattson, 20, of Osage, struck a vehicle driven by Garnet Mosse, 22, of Akeley.

The drivers were transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids for treatment, according to Gordon. The accident is under investigation. A small child was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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