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No injuries reported in five-vehicle crash

Five vehicles crashed at the intersection of Highway 29 North and Carneva Acres Tuesday, Dec. 27. The crash happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

A five-vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Highway 29 North looked serious, but did not result in any reported injuries.

The crash, at the intersection of Carneva Acres Northeast, was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m., Dec. 26.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the first vehicle, driven by Christopher Rudy, 33, of Alexandria, was northbound on Highway 29, waiting to make a left turn on Carneva Acres Northeast, when it was rear-ended by the second vehicle, driven by Zachary Schluter, 22, of Parkers Prairie.

Rudy’s vehicle was pushed in front of another vehicle, which was driven by Nicholas Schlapkohl, 23, of Alexandria, and those two vehicles collided, according to the State Patrol.

A fourth vehicle, driven by Thomas Williams, 47, of Alexandria, was stopped because of the crashed vehicles blocking the traffic lanes and ended up being rear-ended by a fifth vehicle, which was driven by Ryan Henrichs, Jr., 23, of Alexandria, according to the State Patrol.

All five drivers were wearing seat belts and no injuries were reported.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Shutters Towing and Alex Viking Towing assisted at the scene.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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