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Two transported following crash at dangerous Park Rapids intersection

Two women were transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services Tuesday afternoon following another accident at an intersection quickly becoming the city's most dangerous.

Sheri Olmsted, 49, of Menahga, was northbound on Highway 71 waiting to make a left turn on County Road 15 when her 2004 Buick Rendezvous was rear-ended by a 1994 Dodge Caravan driven by 61-year-old Maxine Ellis of Park Rapids.

According to the State Patrol, Ellis said she didn't see the Olmsted vehicle until the last minute. Charges for inattentive driving are pending, the Patrol stated.

Olmsted and Ellis were both taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Olmsted was complaining of head and neck pain.

Her injuries were non-life threatening, the Patrol said. She was wearing a seat belt.

Ellis received a cut to her head and nose, an injury to her right knee, chest and shoulder area and a laceration to her left shin, the accident report stated.

The intersection has been the site of numerous crashes in the past five years.

DOT engineers say until the traffic count increases, there is no necessity for a traffic light there.

Park Rapids police and the State Patrol both responded in addition to North Memorial ambulance personnel.

The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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