One killed, three injured in southwest Minnesota crash

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WATSON, Minn. — One person was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Chippewa County.

The State Patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash that killed Brittany Lynn Schulz, 20, of Appleton, Minn.

Schulz was a passenger in a car driven by Braxton Monte Anderson, 34, of New Effington, S.D.

According to the State Patrol report, Anderson was driving a 1995 Saturn SL2 south on Highway 7/59 in Watson and took a hard left turn at Park Avenue in front of a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by Scotty Ponum, 31, of Milan, Minn., that was going north on Highway 7/59.

The Cadillac struck the passenger's side door of the Saturn, where Schulz was sitting.


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Anderson was taken to North Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the report, which also indicates alcohol was detected in Anderson.

Ponum and a passenger in his vehicle, Wanton Isikar, 18, of Milan, were taken to the Montevideo Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office, Montevideo Police Department, Montevideo Fire Department and Watson Fire Department responded to the accident, which was reported at 5:51 p.m.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the crash. The report indicates seat belts were worn by both drivers and passengers.

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