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Willmar woman dies after being ejected from vehicle in Highway 22 accident

LITCHFIELD -- A multiple-vehicle accident late Saturday night on state Highway 22 south of Litchfield resulted in a Willmar woman's death and multiple people injured.

Passenger Kimberly A. Mead, 44, of Willmar, was ejected from a Dodge Intrepid involved in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol, the Intrepid, driven by Ronda L. Malvin, 43, of Raymond, was traveling southbound at 11:09 p.m. Saturday on Highway 22 near the Meeker County Road 18 intersection. The vehicle lost traction and slid sideways into the northbound lane and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

A 1997 Ford Contour driven by Ruth M. Fisher, 43, of Hutchinson, struck the Intrepid head-on.

The Ford Contour was involved in a secondary collision with a 2001 Honda Civic. A 1998 Chevrolet pickup, also traveling southbound on Highway 22, moved off the roadway to avoid being hit by the Dodge Intrepid.

Kimberly Mead died at the scene after being thrown from the Intrepid. Other Intrepid passengers injured were Barbara A. Wold, 55, of Spicer, and Diane K. Mead, 44, of Minot, N.D. Both are in critical condition, according to the State Patrol report. A fourth passenger in that vehicle, Michelle E. Malvin, 43, of Willmar, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and driver Ronda Malvin suffered no apparent injury.

The Contour driver Fisher suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

The driver of the Civic, Anthony V. Kosek, 21, of Hutchinson, and his passenger, Cheyenne E. Madsen, 19, of Litchfield, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Pickup driver Alan W. Lopau, 24, of Litchfield, suffered no apparent injury.

A 12-year-old girl died Sunday after a single-vehicle crash in Stearns County. A 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Frank Luna, 34, of Long Prairie lost control on the ice on County Road 35 in Millwood Township. The pickup went into the ditch and rolled.

Of the six people in the vehicle, only the 12-year-old was injured. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Her identity had not been released Sunday evening.

The child was taken to Melrose Hospital after the crash and later died of her injuries. The crash is under investigation.

A Granite Falls man was injured in a rollover accident Sunday afternoon on Yellow Medicine County Road 5. Rafael Latamble lost control of his vehicle on the ice. He was treated at Granite Falls Hospital.

County dispatchers in west central Minnesota said roads were icy, but most people either stayed home or slowed down. Many of the crashes reported to authorities appeared to be of the "fender bender" variety.

There was a crash with injuries early Sunday at U.S. Highway 71 and 150th Avenue. The Lake Lillian ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but there was no information available about injuries on Sunday evening.

In Willmar, authorities received several reports of signs being hit. In one case, a sliding vehicle hit an electrical box. A rollover was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Highway 71 and Ella Avenue.

Authorities also received several reports of people who had slipped on the ice and required medical attention.