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Car accident victim airlifted after crash with semi on U.S. Hwy. 71

A female driver was airlifted to a hospital after her car collided with a semi around 4 p.m. on Jan. 4. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 71, near 380th St. north of Menahga, causing traffic delays and rerouting. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

A Verndale woman was airlifted to an area hospital Jan. 4, after crashing into a semi.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mary Joy Byman, 34, was southbound on U.S. Highway 71 in Wadena County's Blueberry Township when she entered the northbound lanes of traffic.

Byman then struck a semi driven by 60-year-old Michael Allan Erickson of Osakis. The patrol stated that Byman's Toyota Camry hit the semi below the driver side door.

Erickson was not injured in the crash, but Byman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was airlifted for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the patrol.

The patrol added that road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.

Other agencies responding to the scene were the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, and police departments from Menahga and Sebeka.

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