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Update: Names released in head-on crash by New London

NEW LONDON – Two men were airlifted from the scene of a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon north of New London.

Their injuries are life-threatening, according to the State Patrol.

The accident was reported at 12:25 p.m. on state Highway 23 near 115th Street Northeast, located between New London and Hawick.

According to the State Patrol, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by James Eugene Bloom Jr., 36, of Hutchinson, was going east on Highway 23 when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by Ronald Leon Stewart, 73, of St. Joseph, that was traveling west.

The State Patrol report said the Impala swerved to the left to try and avoid a crash but the two vehicles collided in the westbound lane. The Impala then struck a guardrail and the Silverado came to rest in the north ditch.

Both individuals were taken by Life Link helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. The report did not indicate whether alcohol was involved.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Willmar Ambulance, New London Fire Department, New London Ambulance and Life Link assisted at the scene.

Carolyn Lange

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

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