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Deer strike leads to broadside collision on I-94; two Fargo residents to hospital, two Ottertail residents OK

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Two Fargo residents suffered serious injuries after their vehicle hit a deer, spun out, and was hit broadside by another vehicle on I-94 in Douglas County Saturday evening.


Two people from Ottertail village were involved, but were not injured, in the crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Clyde D. Staus, 61, and Julie K. Staus, 59, of Ottertail were westbound on I-94 in a 2006 Cadillac Escalade.

They hit a 2008 Mazda 3 broadside that had also been westbound on I-94, and had spun out after hitting a deer, according to the State Patrol. They were not injured, according to the State Patrol.

Two people in the Mazda suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries: The driver, Deeann F. Cavett, 48, and a passenger, Steven J. Cavett, 49, both of Fargo. Both were transported to Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

The Mazda was westbound on I-94 at milepost 83 when it struck a deer and spun out facing sideways in the lane of traffic. The Escalade struck the Mazda in the driver’s side door.

The accident occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday.