Two injured in crash between semi and farm tractor west of Cottonwood

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COTTONWOOD — Law enforcement and emergency medical services responded to a crash around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday between a semitractor-trailer and a farm tractor pulling a sprayer at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and 170th Avenue, according to a Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office news release.

According to the release, the semi, driven by Steve Christenson, of Bird Island, rear-ended the tractor, driven by Jonah Dovre, of Porter, as Dovre was making a left hand turn off of Highway 59.

Christenson was extricated from the the semi and transported by North Air Care Helicopter to North Memorial in Robbinsdale with unknown injuries.

Darlene Christenson, a passenger in the semi, was taken by Cottonwood Ambulance to the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall

Dovre had no signs of injury, according to the release.


The Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

The Cottonwood Fire Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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