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Crash injures two in Renville County

RENVILLE -- A grandmother and her grandson were injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Renville County.

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s office, Karon Kay Gerdes, 67, of Kerkhoven, was injured when the 2001 Chevy Trailblazer she was driving collided with a 2003 Dodge pickup, driven by Michael Allen Voelz, 35, of Renville.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m., about four miles north of Renville.

The preliminary report indicates that Gerdes was traveling north on Renville County Road 21 and Voelz was traveling east on 870th avenue, when the vehicles collided.

The impact caused Gerdes’ vehicle to enter the ditch and roll.

Gerdes was transported by the Renville Ambulance Service to the Renville County Hospital and Clinics in Olivia while her minor grandson, whose name was not released, was transported by Olivia Ambulance to the same hospital.

Gerdes was later airlifted by North Memorial Aircare to the Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Voelz was not injured during the accident.

All three individuals involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts.

Agencies assisting with the accident were the Renville Police Department, Sacred Heart Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Renville Ambulance Service, Renville Fire and Rescue, Olivia Ambulance Service and North Memorial Aircare.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the accident.