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Wadena woman seriously hurt when car swerves for deer

A Wadena woman was seriously injured in a rollover accident late Tuesday evening in Deer Creek.

Melanie Rene Maas, 60, of Wadena suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to CentraCare Health in St.Cloud. She was wearing a seatbelt. No airbag deployed.

She was a passenger in a 1997 Geo Prizm that was northbound on Highway 29 near Otter Tail County Road 73 near Deer Creek when it veered for a deer and rolled into the west ditch, according to the State Patrol.

The driver, Travis Charles Simon, 38, of Wadena, was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. No alcohol was involved.

The crash was reported at 11:47 p.m. in Compton Township on dry pavement. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and Deer Creek Rescue assisted at the scene.

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