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Chandler couple in critical condition after crash

LISMORE -- A head-on collision just north of Lismore injured two Chandler residents Monday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Henry De Kruif, 79, of Chandler, and his wife, Adriann, 77, were both taken to Sanford Hospital Luverne in critical condition after their 2006 Chevrolet Impala struck a 2000 Peterbilt semi-truck, driven by Derek Krosschell, 20, of Chandler.

Krosschell was not injured.

The crash took place at approximately 9:44 a.m. one-half mile north of Lismore on Minnesota 91. Lismore Rescue was called to the scene, along with Adrian Rescue and Ambulance and the Luverne Ambulance. Krosschell was headed north and De Kruif south when the two vehicles collided in the northbound lane.

The Nobles County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene, as did a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow, which was used to stop traffic while the victims were being extracted.

No further information was available Monday evening.

The state patrol also investigated a rollover west of Rushmore around 7 a.m. Monday, after Mario Alvarado, 42, of Worthington, lost control of his 1994 Toyota Wagon while travelling east on I-90 and entered the ditch. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its side, but Alvarado was not seriously hurt. He was treated and released, and damage to his vehicle was moderate.

Around 2:30 p.m., two vehicles collided after Carmen Schemp, 30, of Duluth, entered a snow cloud made by a plow and lost control of her 2007 Toyota Corolla. Paul Kepka, 51, of Worthington, attempted to stop his 2005 Ford pickup, but struck the left side of the Toyota. Both vehicles were westbound on I-90 east of Luverne when the crash occurred. Schemp was treated and released; Kepka had no apparent injuries.