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3 Airlifted to Duluth Hospital After Koochiching Co. Crash

Posted at: 01/02/2013 10:59 PM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 11:05 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullAn Indiana man was airlifted to a Duluth hospital in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, following an accident involving the pickup truck he was riding in, and two semi trucks.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol website, the accident happened a little after noon in Koochiching County on Highway 11 in Loman, or about 20 miles west of International Falls.

The man in the hospital, 26-year-old Nicholas Phillips, was riding in a pickup truck with two other passengers and a driver, according to authorities.

Authorities say two semi trucks, driving the same direction, collided, causing one of them to cross the centerline. That's when authorities said the pickup truck collided with the semi.

Phillips and two others in the pickup truck were airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, authorities said. 

Both semi trucks were hauling logs and lost their loads due to the crash. Mn/DOT helped with cleaning up the highway. Driving those semi trucks were two men, one from Littlefork and the other from Loman.

A total of six people were involved in the accident. Authorities say three have non life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol reports that the road was icy at the time of the crash.