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Verndale 18-year-old hurt in crash

An 18-year-old from Verndale was hurt in a two-car crash on Highway 10 yesterday.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Kaitlynn Marie Swank suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.

The report states that Swank was driving a 2011 Chevy Impala westbound down the highway when a semi-truck passed her and kicked up snow, reducing her visibility and causing the SUV in front of her to slow down. Swank's Impala ended up rear-ending the SUV, and her airbag deployed.

The driver of the SUV, Robert Wayne Hirschey, age 83, of Cushing, Minn., was not injured.

The collision occurred at 10:33 a.m. near Central Avenue N., east of Verndale. Road conditions were reportedly snowy and icy.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Department assisted the state patrol at the scene.

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