Minnesota Auditor Injured Senator In Semi-Truck Crash


Redwood Falls, MN (KROC AM News) – The two people injured in a traffic accident Wednesday in southwest Minnesota are well-known politicians.

One was Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha and the other DFL State Senator Melissa Franzen.

The wreckage occurred around 5:00 p.m. at a rural intersection in Redwood County, in the southwest of the state.

State Patrol said a vehicle driven by Blaha, 51, collided with a semi-truck at the intersection. Blaha was driving on a road that has a stop sign at the intersection. She and Franzen, 41, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The truck was driven by Patrick Crain, 70, of Franklin, Minnesota, who was uninjured.

Blaha is carrying out his first term as an auditor. Franzen is in his third term in the Senate and holds the post of Deputy Minority Leader. Reports say the two had just left the Farmfest event nearby.

News update: fatal accident apparently caused by passing motorist.

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