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Frazee man in critical condition after one-vehicle accident

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr, left, surveys the damage done by a northbound Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV after it drove into a ditch on U.S. Highway 71 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, 26 miles north of Wadena.

A 39-year-old Frazee man who apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed 26 miles north of Wadena on U.S. Highway 71 Wednesday afternoon was in critical condition at a Fargo hospital Wednesday evening.

Chad R. Brown was northbound in a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV when he crossed the southbound lane of traffic and struck a stand of pine trees. Six of the trees were snapped off by the force of the collision. The accident was reported at 3:21 p.m.

Brown was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Care in Park Rapids. He was later airlifted to a health care facility in Fargo.

Brown was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. No alcohol was detected in his system.