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Willmar man involved in three-vehicle crash near St. Joseph in central Minnesota

St. Joseph crash
Photo courtesy of Stearns County Sheriff's Department

SAINT JOSEPH — A Willmar man rear-ended a vehicle around 1:14 p.m. Friday near St. Joseph, causing a three-vehicle crash, according to a Stearns County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Evan Jolly, 21, of Willmar, was driving a 2019 Honda Accord northbound on County Road 2 and rear-ended Joanne Thielen, 52, of Cold Spring, who had stopped her 2013 Ford Edge in front of Jolly for another vehicle.

When Jolly crashed into Thielen, Thielen’s vehicle then rear-ended Loren Notsch, 75, of St. Joseph, who was driving his 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he stopped in the northbound lane of County Road 2 to make a left-hand turn.

Mayo Ambulance transported Thielen and Jolly to the St. Cloud Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

St. Joseph Police Department and St. Joseph Fire and Rescue assisted in 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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