Snowy and slushy roads were blamed for several serious crashes during the holiday weekend, the State Patrol reported.
In Aitkin, a vehicle carrying four people lost control on the slushy road way and slid off Highway 169, just north of Pioneer Avenue, striking a tree. The crash was reported at 2:39 p.m. Christmas Day. The driver, Steven Herron, 25, Aitkin, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Two of his passengers, Lauren Lovett, 20, and Lionel Herron, 29, both of Aitkin were treated at Riverwood Health Care in Aitkin and released. All were wearing seat belts. An infant, Nevaeh Lovett-Herron, was not reported injured.
On Highway 371, four miles south of Pequot Lakes, a northbound Chrysler braked, lost control, crossed into the southbound lane and collided with the blade of a snowplow. The crash was reported 3:26 p.m. Christmas Eve.
The driver, Robert Luchka, 60, Pine River, was not reported injured. A passenger, Tracy Stack, 34, Backus, suffered a minor injury and was taken to North Country Heath Services in Bemidji. Stack was wearing a seat belt.
The driver, Riley Bach, 17, Walker, was injured when a vehicle on Highway 371 lost control, hit a cable guard rail and traveled over the guard rail down into the ditch hitting three trees.
The crash was reported at 12:57 p.m. Christmas Eve one mile south of Walker. Bach's injuries were non life-threatening and he was taken to North Country Health Services in Bemidji.
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