Litchfield, Minnesota, man injured in Lyon County crash

A semi and a tractor hauling a manure spreader collided Tuesday evening in Russell, Minnesota. A Litchfield man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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RUSSELL — A Litchfield man was injured when a semi and a tractor pulling a manure spreader collided Tuesday evening.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Minnesota highways 23 and 91 in Russell. Both vehicles were traveling west, with the tractor partially on the right shoulder, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

Steven Allen Joramo, 64, of Litchfield, driving a 2017 Freightliner semi, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.

The driver of the 1980 John Deere tractor, Carter Allen Buchert, 19, of Russell, was uninjured.

Joramo was wearing his seat belt, and alcohol was not considered to be a factor in the crash, according to the report.


The Russell, Balaton and Marshall fire departments, the Balaton and North ambulances and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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