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Otter Tail County emergency crews respond to Monday morning accidents

Nearly all hands were on deck Monday morning, as three emergency services calls from all corners of East Otter Tail County occurred in only a 20-minute time span.

Every ambulance available, including back-up units from Henning and Pelican Rapids, were called to the Perham area, Rush Lake and Dent, between about 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Monday, November 9.

Details are sketchy at this point in time.

Two of the victims were air-lifted on two separate helicopters. A third air ambulance was on the way to Perham, but was called off, according to Perham Emergency Services director Jim Rieber.

Four were injured in a two car accident on County Road 8, north of Perham. The icy surface on a bridge, near the Little Pine public boat landing, was attributed as the cause of the near head-on accident.

At least one of the four victims needed to be extracted from the wreckage, which was done by members of the Perham Volunteer Fire Department. Three were transported to Perham Memorial Hospital, but the extent of the injuries wasn't immediately known. One victim, with more serious injuries, was air-lifted to MeritCare in Fargo, said Rieber.

Meanwhile, there was a one car accident on County Road 8, near Dent. The victim's injuries were not substantial, said a Minnesota State Trooper who was at the scene, but she was transported to Perham Memorial.

An ambulance from Henning was called within the same time frame. A woman was suffering from an apparent chemical overdose. She was transported to Perham, and then airlifted to Fargo.