UPDATE: Helicopter Needed In Bad Crash On 70, NAMES RELEASED
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UPDATE, Tuesday morning: The Pine County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that five people were injured in the crash, two of which had to be airlifted to a hospital. Three others were apparently taken via ambulance to other nearby hospitals.
A very bad accident happened on MN Highway 70 about five miles east of Pine City this afternoon where at least two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. First responders were on scene quickly and were working feverishly on multiple victims. No names are being released at this time.
Officials have temporarily closed 70 now between Pine City and Grantsburg, and there is no exact timetable for it to be reopened.
A medical helicopter was also being ordered. When WCMP was on the scene at about 3:30pm, several victims were being attended to outside of the two vehicles, but first responders were also working to extricate at least one other person from their vehicle.
The accident was approximately half way between Pine City and the river, about four miles from the border. A third vehicle may have been involved, but the two in the head-on-head collision were both in the eastbound lane, on the south side of the road.
Deputies from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office were directing traffic on scene. Pine City Fire was also there as were various other medical personnel.