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Mahnomen woman suffers life-threatening injuries in crash with semi

MAHNOMEN, Minn.—Details in a Friday afternoon highway collision that sent a woman to a Fargo hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries have been released by Minnesota State Patrol officials.

Officers state in an incident report that a 2010 Dodge Caravan, driven by 72-year-old Elisa Elva Bellanger of Mahnomen, ran a stop sign while traveling west on Highway 200 towards Highway 59 in Mahnomen County.

As the Caravan entered the intersection, it "pulled out in front of" a 2002 Freightliner semi truck driven by 33-year-old Joseph T. Mersereau, which had the right of way.

Bellanger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was airlifted to Fargo for medical treatment. Mersereau of Calais, Maine, who was wearing his seat belt, did not sustain injuries.

Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

(701) 780-1108
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