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Menahga girl struck on Highway 71; airlifted to Robbinsdale

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A Menahga girl was injured when she was hit by a station wagon on Highway 71 Saturday afternoon.

Samantha V. Wadsworth, 13, of Menahga suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.

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She was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

She was at a mailbox on the west side of Highway 71 at about 1:20 p.m. As a vehicle approached, she quickly started crossing the highway in front of it, according to the State Patrol.

The vehicle swerved and braked while steering into the northbound lane. The left fender and mirror on the passenger side made contact with the girl, according to the State Patrol.

The driver of the 2012 Dodge Journey Wagon, Brian G. Underland, 40, of Willmar, suffered no apparent injuries.

The accident was reported at 1:20 p.m. on dry two-lane blacktop on Highway 71 on the south edge of Menahga.

The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by Menahga police and firefighters, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Tri-County Ambulance Service.

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