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Elderly couple injured in fiery crash in west central Minn.

MELROSE – An elderly couple from Melrose was injured Thursday afternoon when their vehicle collided with a truck and burst into flames.

The accident was reported at 2:31 p.m. on Stearns County Road 13, near 395th Street in Melrose Township.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, a 2002 GMC Sierra driven by David Theiler, 56, of Melrose, was attempting to cross County Road 13 to go from his driveway to a neighbor's house across the road when it was struck broadside by a 2008 Chevy Cobalt driven by Loretta Thull, 78, of Melrose, that was traveling on County Road 13.

Shortly after colliding with the bed of the truck, the Chevy Cobalt started on fire. Thull and her husband, Herbert Thull, 81, of Melrose, were helped out of the vehicle by Theiler.

A short time later the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

The Melrose Fire Department responded to extinguish the flames.

Loretta and Herbert Thull were transported to the Melrose Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Melrose Police Department, Melrose Fire and Rescue and Melrose Ambulance.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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