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Man in wheelchair struck while crossing highway

A man in a wheelchair was hit by a car and injured last week while crossing Minnesota Highway 33 near the Armory frontage road in Cloquet. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kevin Sebunia of Cloquet was crossing the road Sept. 19 when he wa...

A man in a wheelchair was hit by a car and injured last week while crossing Minnesota Highway 33 near the Armory frontage road in Cloquet.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kevin Sebunia of Cloquet was crossing the road Sept. 19 when he was struck by a northbound car driven by Paula Nading of Cloquet.

State Patrol Capt. Steve Stromback said no one was cited for the accident, noting that heavy rain at the time of the accident reduced visibility on the road and Sebunia was not in a crosswalk.

"Pedestrians or people in wheelchairs are required to cross in crosswalks when they are available," Stromback said. "Someone in a wheelchair has to follow the same rules as a pedestrian."

Stromback said Sebunia was transported to Community Memorial Hospital, adding the injuries were "not life-threatening." Cloquet Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill said Sebunia was conscious and talking to emergency workers at the scene.

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A Walmart co-worker of Sebunia's said he was at a Duluth hospital with broken ribs, adding that his wheelchair was destroyed in the accident.

That particular intersection -- where the Brenny-Dahl driveway and the shared entrance to L&M Supply and Premiere Theatres meets Highway 33 -- is the site of the most accidents in Cloquet, with 20 reported accidents between 2007 and 2011. The stretch of highway in front of the Armory will see changes next summer when the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the city of Cloquet and Carlton County restructure Highway 33.

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