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Head-on collision north of Thief River Falls sends both drivers to hospital

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Head-on collision north of Thief River Falls sends both drivers to hospital
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A head-on collision late Wednesday afternoon north of Thief River Falls sent both drivers to the hospital.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michel Gilbertson, 49, was driving a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria southbound on state Highway 32, north of Thief River Falls, about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday when he crossed the median line and crashed head-on into a 1997 Ford Explorer driven northbound by Stephanie Walseth, 32.

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Both drivers are from Thief River Falls and were taken to the Northwest Medical Center there.

Walseth was in stable condition there Wednesday night, a nursing supervisor said.

But Gilbertson was more seriously injured and transferred to Meritcare in Fargo. He was in stable and satisfactory condition late Wednesday night in Meritcare, a nursing supervisor said.

Each driver was alone in their vehicle. The investigation into the collision isn't complete, the Patrol said.

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