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Two teens injured in vehicle rollover

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle roll-over crash with injuries on Sunday, Oct. 11, on Wadena County Road 23, approximately one mile north of Verndale.

The vehicle was traveling southbound and left the roadway on the west shoulder, the sheriff's office said, and the driver steered the vehicle back onto the road and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to turn sideways in the middle of the road. The vehicle rolled approximately three times while on the road and into the west ditch where it came to rest on the driver's side.

The driver was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, the sheriff's office reported, but it is unknown if the passenger was wearing his. Witnesses told authorities they found the female belted in the driver's seat, and the passenger lying on top of her.

The driver, a 16-year-old juvenile female, was transported to Tri-County ER and treated and released to her parents. The passenger, 18-year-old Tyler Hodgden of Menahga, was also transported to Tri-County ER and treated and released.

At this time the crash is under investigation, and the sheriff's department believes alcohol may have been a factor. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Verndale Fire and Rescue, Tri-County Ambulance, Wadena Police Department and Madsen's Towing of Verndale. This case is still under investigation.