The Renville County Sheriff’s Office reports two separate crashes on Friday evening, one involving an injury.
At 9:58 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a crash involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian on County Road 11 near 160th Street, about four miles north of Sacred Heart.
Responders on scene located a 2003 Ford F350 parked in a driveway near a residence where the incident had occurred. It had been driven by Walker Tjaden, 18 of Sacred Heart. The victim, Steven Anderson, 18, of Clara City was found lying in the ditch near the pickup. Medical personal provided treatment at the scene until Anderson could be air-lifted to the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. His condition is not known at this time.
The driver of the pickup and witnesses told deputies that the victim had been crossing the road to get to the residence when he was struck by the pickup and thrown several yards into the ditch.
Assisting the Renville County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Sacred Heart Fire Department, Sacred Heart Medical Response Unit, Renville Ambulance, Renville Police Department, Granite Falls Ambulance, and North Air Care.
An hour or so earlier on Friday evening, at 8:42 pm the Sheriff’s Office received an automated call reporting a crash on County Road 39 east of County Road 16, three miles south of Fairfax. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene.
Responders located a 2017 Ford F150 on its side in the drainage ditch on the south side of the road. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied.
Deputies later located the driver, Jack Greenslit, 27, of rural Franklin at his residence. He was uninjured. Greenslit told deputies that he had swerved to miss a deer that had run into the road, lost control of the vehicle and entered the drainage ditch. Greenslit was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and was transported to his home by another vehicle that was following him. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by Fairfax Fire and Rescue, the Fairfax Ambulance, and the Fairfax Police Department.
Both crashes remain under investigation.