UPDATED: Two Menahga residents injured west of Osage in one-vehicle accident
Two Menahga residents were taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to a Park Rapids hospital following a one-vehicle accident on Highway 34 west of Osage.
Both received minor injuries, said emergency personnel on the scene.
The State Patrol said driver Dianne Robertson, 65, was distracted by an object on the floor of the vehicle, ran off the road and struck a guardrail near the Shell River two miles west of Osage.
Passenger Mark Pietila, 55, also received minor injuries.
They were the sole occupants of the Chevrolet GMT-400 pickup truck that ended up on a steep drop-off in deep snow.
It was unclear which direction the pickup was heading at the time of the accident. The truck ended up on the north side of the highway.
The Smoky Hills area of the highway between Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes has become a dangerous section of roadway.
The accident Monday was two miles from an accident on Christmas Eve that took the life of a Fergus Falls man when the vehicle he was riding in collided head-on with another vehicle on an icy curve.
Roads were relatively dry and in good condition Monday.
The State Patrol and numerous personnel from Carsonville Fire & Rescue responded to the scene. Traffic was momentarily backed up on the busy highways until ambulance personnel could take the injured persons to St. Joseph's Area Health Services. The accident occurred just after 1 p.m.