Crash traps teen passenger

by Jim Boyle

Editor

A 15-year-old Elk River girl was airlifted to North Memorial today after she was extricated from a 2006 Chrysler Sebring.

Alicia Schultz was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kendra Schultz, 34, of Elk River, when their vehicle and a 1999 Chevy Silverado collided about 9:17 a.m. in the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street in Elk River.

Emergency personnel from Elk River Fire and Ambulance worked to free Alicia Schultz from the vehicle she was in during a three-vehicle crash on the morning of Dec. 21 at the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street.

Emergency personnel from Elk River Fire and Ambulance worked to free Alicia Schultz from the vehicle she was in during a three-vehicle crash on the morning of Dec. 21 at the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street.

The Sebring also struck a third vehicle, a 2000 Jeep.

Schultz’s vehicle had been southbound on Highway 169 and was making a left onto Main Street at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Silverado, Donald Stumne, an 84-year-old Plymouth man, had been travelling northbound on Highway 169 when his vehicle hit the passenger side of the Sebring.

Stumne suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Kendra Schultz also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Schultz, once out of the car, was taken immediately to an air ambulance that had landed on the highway. Photos by Jim Boyle

Schultz, once out of the car, was taken immediately to an air ambulance that had landed on the highway. Photos by Jim Boyle

Bruce Taylor, a 55-year-old Elk River man, was the driver of the third vehicle. He had no apparent injuries.

Alicia Schultz was trapped in the car and had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. By the time she was retrieved from the vehicle and placed on a stretcher, the air ambulance had arrived to take her to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.  She was considered to be in critical condition on Friday but has since been upgraded twice — first to serious — and is now listed in fair condition, according Wendy Jerde, a hospital spokesperson for North Memorial.

Elk River Police and Fire departments assisted the Minnesota State Patrol at the scene.

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