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Menahga teen injured in crash

A Menahga teen is still in the hospital with serious injuries after a head-on crash near Wolf Lake Wednesday afternoon.

The 16-year old boy, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was airlifted to Fargo.

The accident happened at 4:52 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 40 and 530th Avenue, about three miles east of Wolf Lake.

According to Becker County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shane Richard, the crash happened when 62-year-old driver David Nelson of rural Wolf Lake attempted to turn his pickup left onto 530th Avenue. Richard says Nelson pulled right out in front of the oncoming vehicle, being driven by 18-year-old Mark Skoog.

Skoog was taken to the Park Rapids hospital where he was treated and released, while his younger brother, who was in the passenger seat, was air lifted and remains in a Fargo hospital.

According to Richard, it appeared Nelson was impaired by alcohol and “other things that may have been factors as well” that are still under investigation.

Although Nelson refused medical treatment and was set to be arrested, Richard said officers decided to bring him to Essentia-St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes instead.

“He had some other medical issues that were of a higher priority than legal actions,” said Richard, who says the investigation and pending legal action are still ongoing.

The two teens in the car were wearing their seat belts; Nelson was not.

“Both airbags went off, so that’s probably a big part of why everybody is still alive after this crash,” said Richard.

The Minnesota State Patrol Wolf Lake Fire, Wolf Lake Rescue, St. Mary’s EMS and North Memorial Ambulance and Air assisted the Becker County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.