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Willmar man injured in Tuesday crash with garbage truck

Tziah Bobadilla, 21, of Willmar, was transported to Carris Health — Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.

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WILLMAR — A Willmar man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on the corner of U.S. Highway 71 and 37th Avenue Northeast.

Tziah Bobadilla, 21, of Willmar, was transported to Carris Health — Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.

According to Grabow, a public information officer, Bobadilla was driving a Kia passenger car southbound on Highway 71 Northeast when it struck the rear of a garbage truck, driven by Ralph Enrique, 52. The garbage truck was crossing Highway 71 on 37th Avenue Northeast when it was struck.

According to the incident report from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office , off-duty officers in training called in that multiple vehicles were racing and had crashed in front of Great Lakes Training Group.

The Willmar Fire Department and the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad also responded to the incident.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the facts of 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 mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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