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region Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A 19-year-old pregnant woman escaped serious injury after she was ejected in a single-vehicle rollover crash Monday just east of Lake Park, Minn., according to the State Patrol.

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Ashley Collins, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 10 by mile marker 33 when her pickup went off the road on the right side and rolled into the ditch. The roads were icy at the time of the 12:14 p.m. crash, the State Patrol reported.

Collins, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time, was ejected. The two passengers were Kenneth Hampshire, 21, of Audubon, Minn., and an unidentified 1-year-old baby that had no apparent injuries, the State Patrol said.

All three were taken to St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes where Collins was listed in stable condition and Hampshire was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday night.

Icy roads were present during several of the nearly three dozen accidents that authorities and rescue crews responded to Monday. Authorities are reminding motorists to slow down and beware of black ice to avoid losing control and crashing.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said his department responded to nearly a dozen vehicle crashes Monday that were likely caused by icy roads. No serious injuries were reported, he said.

Bergquist recommends drivers slow down because the posted speed limits are not ideal for driving on slick roads. Drivers should also avoid using their cruise control feature and use headlights and taillights during the day, he said.

Fargo police Sgt. Carlos Nestler said officers responded to 13 accidents Monday after 7 a.m., with one being injury-related at the intersection of Broadway and 30th Avenue North.

A vehicle hit a Metro Area Transit bus at about 3:30 p.m. that sent the vehicle's 63-year-old female driver and an 84-year-old female bus passenger to MeritCare Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, said Fargo Sgt. Greg Stone. Icy roads were not believed to be the culprit in this crash because the vehicle was trying to avoid hitting a car that turned in front of the vehicle, Stone said.

Authorities also responded to several accidents along the region's Interstate 94 corridor in both Minnesota and North Dakota.

In one crash, law enforcement and rescue crews responded to a single-vehicle rollover at 12:50 p.m. on I-94 at Mile Marker 336 east of the Casselton, N.D., exit.

The vehicle contained two occupants, one of which was airlifted to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, said North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Wolf. The other was taken to MeritCare by ambulance for treatment.

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