Wrong-way crash sends Ada woman to Fargo hospital in critical condition
FARGO - The Minnesota State Patrol says a 27-year-old woman from Ada, Minn., is in critical condition at Fargo's Essentia Health after the car she was driving was struck head-on by an SUV going the wrong way on U.S. 2 near Bemidji, Minn.
According to a news release from the patrol:
Andrea Waagen was driving a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday when it was hit head-on by a 1998 Chevy Tahoe traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of U.S. 2 three miles west of Bemidji.
The Tahoe, driven by Chad Everett Westrum, had first been reported as traveling the wrong direction in the northbound lane of U.S. 89, running multiple vehicles off the road.
Officers were responding to that complaint when the Tahoe was reported going the wrong way on U.S. 2.
The Tahoe first hit the side of a 1999 Subaru driven by 40-year-old Jeremy Rauch of Guthrie, Minn. He wasn't injured.
The Tahoe then hit Waagen's car, totaling both vehicles. Waagen's passenger, Delsie Konoske, 63, of Ada, sustained injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The patrol did not release Westrum's age and address and whether he'd been injured.
Waagen, Konoske and Rauch were all wearing their seatbelts.
The two totaled vehicles were still blocking both lanes of westbound U.S. 2 when a 2009 Dodge Charger driven by Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy Rob Fraik sideswiped the rear of the Alero, entered the ditch and struck a sign. Fraik, 50, of Bemidji, was treated and released.