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Grand Meadow woman suffers life threatening injuries in two-vehicle accident near Mankato Friday evening

A Grand Meadow woman suffered life threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident on U.S Highway 14 east of Mankato early Friday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the accident occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday night at the intersection of Highway 14 and Blue Earth County Road 86.  A 2017 Chevy Malibu, which was being driven by 23-year old Nakiya Taryn Smith of Grand Meadow was eastbound on Highway 14 collided with a 2016 Ford Transit Van being driven by 37-year old Matthew James Krenik of Faribault, which was northbound on County Road 86 at the intersection of the two roads.

Smith suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident, and she was transported to Mayo Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for treatment, while Krenik was uninjured.  The State Patrol reported that both parties were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, and the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, the Eagle Lake Police and Fire Departments, Mayo Ambulance and Mayo 1 all assisted the State Patrol at the accident scene early Friday evening.


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