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Two injured in western Minnesota crash involving semi and passenger car

The driver of a semi and a passenger in a second vehicle were listed with non-life-threatening injuries and transported to an Avera Medical Group clinic after a crash Tuesday involving a semi and a passenger car on U.S. Highway 212. A 17-year-old driver was also transported to a clinic, but the report did not describe her injuries.

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SACRED HEART — Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a crash between a car and a semi between Granite Falls and Sacred Heart.

The crash was reported at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 212 near 120th Street in Hawk Creek Township, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the report, the semi was driving eastbound on U.S. 212 when it collided with a Nissan Sentra heading westbound.

The driver of the Nissan Sentra was identified only as a 17-year-old female. The report did not list her injuries, but said that she was treated at an Avera Medical Group clinic. The report did not specify which clinic, but the Granite Falls clinic is nearby.

The driver of the semi was identified as David Michael Mensink, 46, of Clarkfield.

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The sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting the fatal crash at 4:55 p.m. Saturday on 72nd Street Southwest in Byron Township near Staples.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.

Lynette Marilyn Duis, 38, of Granite Falls, was a passenger in the Nissan.

Both Mensink and Duis were reported to have non-life-threatening injuries that were treated at an Avera Medical Group clinic. The report said alcohol was not involved for either of the two.

All three people were wearing their seat belts, according to the report. The airbag in the Nissan was deployed.

Road conditions were dry, according to the report. Granite Falls Police Department and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Dale Morin is a reporter with the West Central Tribune. He covers public safety and breaking news beats.

Dale can be reached at dmorin@wctrib.com or by phone 320-214-4368.
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