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Three-vehicle crash send one to PR hospital, snarls traffic at major intersection

The driver of a mini-van was taken to St, Joseph's Area Health Services Monday afternoon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 2
The second vehicle struck, the red car, sits on the Highway 34 curb near Pizza Hut. The third vehicle and the driver are behind the second. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 2

A three-vehicle crash at Park Rapids' major inter-section sent one to the hospital and caused a major traffic snarl.

The crash, around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 34 and 71, was apparently caused when a mini-van driven by an elderly man rear-ended a sedan so hard, the second car spun and struck a third one.

"I'm OK but it's hot out here," the driver of the second car said.

"She just tapped me a little bit as she spun around," the third driver said.

The male driver was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Area Health Services with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Numerous Park Rapids police officers and Hubbard County Sheriff's deputies responded, mostly to control traffic around the scene.

It is the second crash this summer at a major intersection in Park Rapids that caused traffic jams.

On July 3 a Walmart semi collided with a family in a van at the intersection of Highway 34 and Hub-bard County Road 6, causing a major traffic headache.

Sarah Smith

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

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