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Five fatal crashes in last 10 years at Carlos Corners

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Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Although there are no apparent visibility problems at the Carlos Corners intersection and it contains flat stretches of road in all directions, it has been the scene of more than a few serious crashes and fatalities over the years.

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Six people - five of them in their teens - have died in five separate accidents either at the intersection or near it since 1999.

Here's a list of the fatal crashes:

•October 31, 2008 - Jamie Sear, an 18-year-old Alexandria Technical College student from Milbank, South Dakota, was killed in a two-vehicle crash at Carlos Corners at about 3:30 p.m. She was driving a Chevrolet Celebrity westbound on County Road 13. She stopped at the stop sign, proceeded onto Highway 29 to go south and turned in front of a northbound semitrailer carrying a load of gravel. The semitrailer struck the Chevrolet on the driver's side, jack-knifed and tipped over.

•March 23, 2005 - Fourteen-year-old Ronald Rechtzigel of Carlos was riding with his 17-year-old brother in a Chevrolet Cavalier when they left the Citgo gas station at Carlos Corners and turned south onto Highway 29. They crossed into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a Pontiac 6000 driven by Leonard Zuhlsdorf, 81, of Parkers Prairie, according to the State Patrol. Zuhlsdorf, who was not wearing a seat belt, and Rechtzigel, who was buckled up, were both killed.

•March 11, 2005 - Nicole Bryniarski, 17, was killed in a two-vehicle crash just south of Carlos Corners. She was a passenger in a Pontiac Sunfire that was struck head-on by a Toyota Landrover that hit a patch of ice and crossed over the centerline. She was not wearing a seat belt.

•July 7, 2001 - Benjamin Noon, 19, of Wadena was killed in a three-vehicle accident just north of Carlos Corners. A Honda was stopped on Highway 29 waiting to make a left turn when it was struck from behind. The collision drove the Honda into the path of Noon's pickup, which went into the ditch and rolled over. Noon, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected.

•December 7, 1999 - Timothy Venzke, 17, of Carlos was killed in a two-vehicle crash at Carlos Corners. Driving west, he pulled into the path of a pickup truck. A semitrailer in the northbound lane blocked his view, according to the report.

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