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Updated: Drivers injured in two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Beltrami County

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Two vehicles collided Tuesday afternoon in the intersection of state Highway 89 and Beltrami County Road 32, causing injuries to both drivers.

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According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls:

Helen B. Kaasa, 76, of Puposky, was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable east on County Road 32 (Lumberjack Road) while Duane E. Fairbanks, 57, of Red Lake, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado north on Highway 89. A witness reported that the Sable pulled out in front of the Silverado pickup before the vehicles crashed. The accident was reported at 4:32 p.m.

Both drivers were taken to North Country Regional Hospital. Fairbanks, who was wearing a seat belt in the crash, was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon. Kaasa, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transferred to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D. MeritCare said no information would be released on Kaasa's condition.

The Sable was totaled. The Silverado sustained severe damage.

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