UPDATE: 2 remain critical following crash; IDs madeA woman and her mother remained in critical condition Thursday evening after the vehicle they were in collided with a second vehicle at a Highway 61 intersection in Welch.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
A woman and her mother remained in critical condition Thursday evening after the vehicle they were in collided with a second vehicle at a Highway 61 intersection in Welch.
Kathy Thao, 47, North St. Paul, and Pla Thao, 82, residence unknown, were listed in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kathy Thao’s 1991 Toyota Previa was southbound on Highway 316 when it collided with a 2010 Mazda 6 driven by Donna Marcks, 53, Lindstrom, Minn., who was headed west on Highway 61. Both vehicles came to rest in the Highway 61 median, with the Thao vehicle landing on its roof.
Marcks and a passenger, Carol Berres, 55, Milwaukee, were listed in fair condition at Regions. The condition of a third occupant in the Marcks vehicle, Nancy Begley, 57, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, was not available Thursday evening, a Regions spokeswoman said. Begley was the only one of the five patients who was not wearing a seat belt during the crash, according to the State Patrol.
Begley and Berres are both relatives of Marcks, according to the State Patrol.
The airbag in Marcks’ vehicle deployed, troopers said. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, which occurred at 11:38 a.m.
A second crash occurred within minutes of the highway 61-316 wreck. Authorities also responded to a motor vehicle crash in the median on Highway 61 at Welch Shortcut. That crash was not believed to involve serious injuries.