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Head-on collision near Forada sends one to the hospital on Dec. 2

The crash took place on County Road 17, north of Villard.

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A Ford Explorer and Chevy S-10 collided head-on on County Road 17 on Thursday, Dec. 2. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

An Alexandria woman was sent to the hospital after a head-on collision on County Road 17, north of Villard, around 7:49 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Samantha Jacobs, 22, of Alexandria, was traveling southbound on County Road 17 in a Chevy S-10 with passenger Dylin Baker, 25, of Alexandria when a Ford Explorer, driven by Paul Carlsen, 66, of Forada, entered Jacobs' lane to avoid a stalled vehicle with a detached trailer, resulting in a head-on collision.

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Douglas and Pope County Sherriff Deputies, Forada First Responders, North Memorial Ambulance and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a crash on County Road 17 north of Villard on Dec. 2. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Baker and Carlsen were both treated on scene with no suspected injuries. According to the accident report, Jacobs was unconscious when the responders arrived. She was treated on scene by Forada First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance, and later transported to Alomere Health with serious injuries. Jacobs was later discharged in stable condition.

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Responding agencies included Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Forada First Responders, Pope County Sheriff's Office, North Memorial Ambulance and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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The collision sent one to the hospital with serious injuries, later discharged in stable condition. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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