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Fatal crash kills one in Lester Prairie

June 22, 2009

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – A Lester Prairie resident died in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Lester Prairie, according to the Lester Prairie Police Department.

The Lester Prairie Police Department was dispatched to a fatal crash on Babcock Avenue (McLeod County Road 1) near Kennedy Avenue South. A white Pontiac Grand Am was exiting The Depot and drove out into traffic and was struck by a semi-truck. Two pedestrians were also struck by the vehicles.

One of the pedestrians, Stanley Ruben Ernst, 82, of Lester Prairie was deceased at the scene. The other pedestrian, Stanley's wife, Dorothy Ernst, 82, of Lester Prairie, was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center. The driver of the white Grand Am, Danny Joseph Auren Zellmann, 19, of Arlington, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. The passenger, Christopher Charles Pulkrabeck, 43, of Silver Lake, was transported by ambulance to Ridgeview Medical Center.

The driver of the semi-truck, Chadwick Glenn Alsum, 45, of Woodbury, was shaken up, but not treated for any injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Lester Prairie Police Department was assisted by the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Lester Prairie Fire Department, Winsted Police Department, Ridgeview Ambulance, and Glencoe Ambulance.


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