UPDATE: Atwater, Minnesota, driver killed in crash that also injured two others Monday in rural Spicer

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said one man died and two other people were seriously injured in a crash Monday morning at a rural Spicer intersection near U.S. Highway 71 in Green Lake Township. The driver who died has been identified as a man from Atwater.

FSA Fatal crash accident

SPICER β€” A 79-year-old Atwater man died at the scene of a crash Monday morning in rural Spicer.

According to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Vernon Read, of Atwater, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on County Road 9 in Green Lake Township when it went through the west intersection with County Road 10, near U.S. Highway 71, and collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. Read died at the scene.

The driver of the Impala, 28-year-old Amber Torkelson, of Spicer, was transported to CentraCare β€” Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with serious injuries along with a 4-month-old uninjured boy, according to the release.

Torkelson's passenger Eric Hanson, 41, of Spicer, was ejected from the Impala. He was airlifted to CentraCare β€” St. Cloud Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The crash, reported at 10:38 a.m. Monday, is currently under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.


The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spicer Fire Department, Spicer First Responders, New London Fire and Ambulance, the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, CentraCare Ambulance, Life Link Air Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Public Works, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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