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UPDATE: Highway 61 crash victims 'serious but stable'

First responders remove an injury victim from a damaged vehicle on Highway 61 north of Red Wing this afternoon. R-E photo by Eric Ludy

Two women were injured Wednesday after their vehicles collided at Highway 61 and County Road 18.

Maxine Pruitt, 52, Red Wing, was taken by ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The other driver, Delores Weir, 82, Vermillion, Minn., was also taken to Fairview Red Wing with non life-threatening injuries.

Fairview Red Wing Emergency Director Jane Gisslen said both patients were in "serious but stable" condition this afternoon. She said it was possible one or both women would be transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul following evaluations.

According to the State Patrol, Pruitt's 1996 Geo Prism was westbound on County Road 18 attempting to turn south on Highway 61 while Weir's 2001 Mercury Marquis was headed north on Highway 61. The vehicles collided in the intersection, troopers said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the State Patrol. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.