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Truck strikes stroller, injures infant in Verndale

A crumbled stroller rests along busy Highway 10 in Verndale Tuesday afternoon. The stroller's occupant, an infant boy, and his mother both suffered non-life threatening injuries when a truck hit them while attempting to cross the road.

A mother and her infant son she was pushing in a stroller suffered non-life threatening injuries when a truck struck them at a busy Verndale intersection Tuesday afternoon.

The mother, 29-year-old Natalie Trettel of Verndale, was attempting to cross Highway 10 at about 1:15 p.m. when a southbound black Chevy Silverado turned right from Brown Street, hitting the woman and the stroller in the westbound lane, according to a Minnesota State Patrol accident report.

The driver, Verndale resident Erwin Barney, 55, told troopers he didn’t see the pedestrians. The accident report indicates he hadn’t been drinking.

Rocky Harris, who lives merely yards away from the collision, said the screeching of brakes woke him up from a nap. When he went outside to see what was going on, he saw Trettel comforting the infant, who had a scratch on his head, Harris said.

“All I could hear (the driver) say was ‘oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” Harris said.

He said he was relieved to hear the baby cry.

“That’s a good indicator,” he said. “It makes me feel a little bit better.”

An ambulance transported the victims to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.