Serious Injury Crash North of Olivia 27 Jul 13

A rural Danube man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Olivia Thursday morning.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says just before 8 AM, Renville County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 830th Avenue and 330th Street, which is about 3/4 miles north of Olivia,MN.

Initial investigation of the crash revealed that 33-year-old Travis D. Zuidema, of ruralDanube,MN, was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup southbound on330th Street.  His vehicle collided in the intersection with a westbound 1994 GMC Suburban driven by 18-year-old Martin C. Minkel, ofOlivia,MN.  After the collision, both vehicles entered the ditch where they both struck a utility pole.  Zuidema was ejected from his vehicle.

 Both drivers were treated at the scene by the Olivia Ambulance Service and Zuidema was flown by North Air Care from the scene toNorthMemorialMedicalCenterinRobbinsdale,MNwith critical injuries. 

 Minkel was transported by ambulance to theRenvilleCountyHospital, where he was treated and released. 

Both vehicles involved were total losses.