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Three people injured, one seriously in two-vehicle accident in Mower County Wednesday evening

Three people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 56 and Mower County Road 3 near Austin Wednesday evening.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a 2013 Ford Explorer being driven by 53-year old Timothy Paul Lafluer of Brandon, South Dakota was westbound on County Road 3 at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday evening while a 2019 Hyundai Sonata being driven by 48-year old Matthew Lee Larson of Decorah, Iowa was southbound on Highway 56 when the two vehicles collided at the intersection of the two roads.  

Larson suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident and was transported to Mayo Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  Lafluer and a passenger in his vehicle, 51-year old Troy Allen Wallman of Harrisburg, South Dakota both suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin.  

The State Patrol reported that all parties involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the incident.  The Mower County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyle Police Department assisted the State Patrol at the accident scene.


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