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Updated: Three transported following collision of two pickups in Park Rapids

Emergency personnel tend to one of the drivers in a crash Wednesday noon on Highway 34 in Park Rapids. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Three people were transported to the Park Rapids hospital following the collision of two pickup trucks on Highway 34 near L&M Fleet Store. One was later rushed to Fargo.

"I just heard a loud boom and all of a sudden the street light went flying through the air," said a customer turning into the L&M parking lot.

Eastbound traffic on the busy highway was backed up for blocks as emergency personnel tended to the injured and then tried to divert two lanes of traffic around the wreckage.

Both pickups sustained heavy front-end damage. It was unclear how they collided or which direction they were traveling.

The two occupants of one pickup, a man and woman, were transported along with the male driver of the second pickup.

They were said to be suffering from chest, rib and back pain that was not believed to be life-threatening.

The nephew of the couple in one of the pickups called the Enterprise to say his uncle, John Cain of Park Rapids, was being transferred to a hospital in Fargo because of the severity of his injuries. Low cloud cover made a life flight impossible so John Cain was being taken by ground ambulance, the nephew said. The aunt, Kay Cain, will remain hospitalized in Park Rapids, the nephew said.

Park Rapids police, Hubbard County deputies, Hubbard First Responders, North Memorial ambulance personnel and the State Patrol responded.

The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. It was the third accident this month that snarled traffic on a major throughway in Park Rapids.

Sarah Smith

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

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