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Osage man injured in one-vehicle crash is in stable condition

Charlene Vierra, at left in the pink shirt, watches the rescue of her son-in-law, Curt Brown of Osage, Saturday night at the scene of a one-vehicle accident east of Osage on Highway 34. Brown remains hospitalized.(Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

An Osage man was injured in a one-vehicle accident west of Park Rapids Saturday evening. He remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday.

The accident, around 6:30 p.m., occurred on Highway 34 east of Osage.

It appeared as if the injured man, identified by a relative at the scene as Curt Brown of Osage, was westbound when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled n the south ditch.

A distraught woman who identified herself as Charlene Vierra, of Park Rapids, arrived on the scene just as emergency medical technicians were strapping the injured man to a spine board. She said she was Brown's mother-in-law.

The vehicle Brown was driving was upright on the edge of a cornfield. It was unclear if it righted itself or if emergency personnel had tipped it upright.

Vierra was on a cell phone while Brown was being treated at the scene.

"I think he's OK," Vierra said, answering a call from her daughter, adding, "I hope he is."

Ambulances from Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes responded. Brown was taken to the waiting Park Rapids ambulance and was transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services. An emergency room supervisor listed him in stable condition Monday morning.

Brown's name is Curtis. He's 30, according to information provided by Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer.

When the State Patrol needed assistance from available agencies, dispatchers paged Park Rapids police when vehicles from the Hubbard and Becker County Sheriff's Departments were not in the immediate vicinity. Startled Becker County residents called the Enterprise Saturday night wondering why the local police were crossing county lines. The officers were needed to assist rescue crews and to direct the heavy weekend traffic around the scene on the busy highway.

The circumstances of the accident were not immediately known. State Patrol officers had not posted the information on the Department of Public Safety's Web site when the newspaper went to press Tuesday.