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Icy roads contribute to several northwestern Minnesota accidents

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Icy roads contribute to several northwestern Minnesota accidents
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Icy roads in northwestern Minnesota contributed to four separate single-car accidents in the region between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.


At 7:37 p.m. Wednesday, Bruce D. Shaugabay, 28, of Warroad, Minn., was attempting to pass another westbound vehicle on state Highway 11 in Roseau County when he lost control of his 2001 Chevy Tahoe. The vehicle rolled, coming to a rest on its roof.

The state patrol said Shaugabay and his two passengers, 14-year-old Rodney W. Hamlin, of Warroad, and Andrew S. Hipwell, 30, all suffered non-life threatening injuries. Shaugabay and Hamlin were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

All three were taken to Roseau's LifeCare Medical Center, which declined to release their conditions on Thursday.

Three drivers involved in separate accidents on U.S. Highway 2 escaped without injury, the state patrol reported.

At 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, Gene W. Irelan, 23, of Fosston, Minn., was eastbound on the highway west of McIntosh when he lost control of his 1993 Buick LeSabre, causing the vehicle to go off the road and roll. He was uninjured in the crash and was wearing a seat belt.

Jami J. Burdick, 32, of Bemidji, was eastbound in Beltrami County at 8:24 a.m. Thursday when she lost control of her 1999 Pontiac Bonneville on the icy highway. Her car went off the road on the right side and struck a tree.

The Pontiac was totaled, but Burdick was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured in the crash.

At 12:50 p.m. Thursday, a Bemidji teenager was uninjured when she lost control of her 1995 Subaru Legacy as she was trying to merge north onto U.S. Highway 71 in Beltrami County. The vehicle driven by Jane E. Johnson, 17, ran off the road, struck a sign and ended up in the east ditch.