By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie residents Justin and Brenna Thompson were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 61 near Grand Marais Nov. 21, according to Lester Prairie Fire Chief Jim Hoof.
The Thompsons were on their way home from a vacation on the Gunflint Trail when Justin lost control of the vehicle. It slid across the centerline, and was broadsided by another vehicle.
Roads were snow- and ice-covered at the time.
Justin, who is a member of the Lester Prairie Fire Department, suffered a traumatic brain injury and is recovering from a concussion.
Brenna was more seriously injured, suffering a broken pelvis, broken ribs, fractured vertebra in her lower back, broken collarbone, lacerated liver, and collapsed lung.
Justin was treated at the hospital in Grand Marais, while Brenna was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
The occupants of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
Brenna was released from St. Mary’s Thursday and transported to North Memorial Medical Center for in-hospital physical/occupational therapy, which will last for two to four weeks. After that she will need another four to eight weeks of out-patient therapy.
North Memorial works out well for Brenna, as her family is within five miles of the hospital. They will be able to assist with her therapy, and also with the care of Justin and Brenna’s daughter, Claire.