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Redwood Falls woman dies, 10 injured in multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning

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A Redwood Falls woman died when a semi rear-ended a vehicle, causing a chain-reaction crash that sent ten others to the hospital.

The crash happened on Highway 71 in Redwood Falls Township at about 11:14 a.m.  The patrol crash report says a Kia, a Ford, and a Chevy Equinox were all northbound and stopped for a MnDOT flagger, when a semi-tractor rear-ended a Suburban slowing for the flagger, causing a chain reaction crash.

The driver of the Kia, Mary Ann Olson, 92, of Redwood Falls, was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital. At 1:34 p.m. Thursday, the Minnesota State Patrol updated their report to state Olson had died of her injuries.

Ten others were injured, including the 15-year-old driver of the Ford, Emmalene Sandyrae Gylsen.  Kimberly Hockert Gylsen, 49, Leroy Emil Gylsen, 58, and Lillyana Doris Gleson, 9, were passengers in the Ford.

In the Chevy were driver Alfred Arthur Hoogland, 79, with  Lois Thelma Hoogland, 76, a passenger.

Three Lamberton girls, ages 2, 4, and 4, were passengers in the Suburban that was rear-ended.  The vehicle was driven by Amber Jean Wolmutt, 34, of Lamberton.

The ten injured were transported to the hospital in Redwood Falls with non-life-threatening injuries

The semi driver, 53-year-old Jay David Klabunde, of Windom, wasn’t injured.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, according to the patrol report.


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