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Bemidji man in T-bone accident remains hospitalized

FARGO — A man who was taken by helicopter for medical treatment to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo following a violent wreck in Bemidji remains a patient at the hospital, but his condition has not been released.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the family of Matthew Lindell, 27, does not wish to release the Bemidji man’s condition.

Emergency personnel were called to the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Lakewood Drive Northwest just before 5 p.m. Monday. There, two four-door vehicles, both badly damaged, sat unmoving.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Matthew Lindell, 27, was crossing the roadway eastbound on Lakewood Drive when his vehicle was struck by another, driven by Cathy Souder, 54, of Turtle River. Souder was southbound on Highway 71. Contact was made in a T-bone manner, the patrol said. 

Firefighters with the Bemidji Fire Department, along with paramedics and police, worked to free Lindell from the car. He was placed on a stretcher and taken from the scene by ambulance. The southbound lanes of Highway 71 were shut down for a time, as emergency personnel worked to remove the occupants from their vehicles. 

Lindell suffered a serious injury, the patrol said. Souder and a passenger in her vehicle, Jessica Mehutcs, 28, of Turtle River, suffered non life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.  

Justin Glawe
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