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Nine injured when pickup filled with teens riding in truck bed rolls in Annandale

ANNANDALE, Minn. -- A pickup truck with seven teenagers riding in the truck bed and two in the cab rolled late Sunday, injuring all nine. Wright County sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover accident near Annandal...

ANNANDALE, Minn. -- A pickup truck with seven teenagers riding in the truck bed and two in the cab rolled late Sunday, injuring all nine.

Wright County sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover accident near Annandale just after 10 p.m.. When deputies arrived, they found a 1998 Chevy S10 pickup that had been severely damaged in a bean field near the intersection of County Road 35 NW and Peyton Ave. NW in French Lake Township

Two teenagers were in the cab of the 1998 Chevy S10 pickup and seven other passengers were riding in the truck bed, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Blayne Kovisto, 16, of Dassel, was driving the truck and Nels Wuollet, 16, also of Dassel, was the front seat passenger. Ryan Raisanen, 17, Greenfield; Kyle Laho, 16, Corcoran; Clayton Johnson, 15, Dassel; Niklas Lee, 15, Greenfield; Payton Halonen, 15, Monticello; Chad Hoikka, 15, Cokato; and Garrett Keplinger, 15, Cokato; were all passengers in the truck bed.

Eight passengers were transferred by ambulance to different hospitals in the area and the driver, Kovisto, was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

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Annandale is about 25 miles south of St. Cloud.

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