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Woman injured in head-on collision in Itasca County

A Deer River woman sustained life-threatening injuries when her vehicle was struck in a head-on collision in Itasca County on Tuesday morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a 2002 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 17-year-old boy was traveling west when it crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 169 in Greenway Township, striking an eastbound 2008 Dodge Caravan driven by Karyl Jean Hawes, 68. The collision occurred near the highway’s intersection with Fayette Road shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The road was wet at the time of the collision.

Hawes was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth with life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. Her passenger, Mikeal Ross Hawes, 71, of Deer River, was transported to Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi with non-life-threatening injures.

The boy, who hasn’t been identified by the State Patrol, was transported to Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi. The State Patrol didn’t identify the severity of the boy’s injuries.