Serious-looking crash yields minor injuries

One of five occupants of a vehicle broadsided by a truck pulling a boat was placed in a neck brace and loaded into a waiting ambulance. Photo by Derrick Knutson

Numerous North Branch Police Department and State Patrol squads, a fire truck and an ambulance responded to a crash near the intersection of Highway 95 and Oakview Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday that looked worse than it really was.

State Trooper Joe Zafke, who was on the scene shortly after the accident, said authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened.

“It’s kind of chaos right now,” he said while an occupant of one of the vehicles was being loaded into an ambulance.

He noted there were some injuries following the accident, but nothing very serious.

Zafke described the accident as a “T-bone.”

“A pickup truck (hauling a boat) was eastbound and the passenger car was westbound, making a left-hand turn to go south on Oakview Avenue,” he said. “I don’t know if it turned in front of the pickup, we’re still trying to figure that out. The pickup had the right of way.”

As a precautionary measure, two of the five occupants of the passenger car were placed in neck braces.

All five were brought to Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming.

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