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One pedestrian critically injured, another hurt when hit in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Two pedestrians were reportedly injured after being struck by a Toyota Tundra pickup on U.S. Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes Wednesday night.

Initial investigation results indicate that the truck, which was driven by Earl Johnson, 69, of Detroit Lakes, was traveling westbound when it struck the two pedestrians in the Washington Avenue intersection.

According to witnesses on the scene, two individuals were seen lying on the highway by the train depot near Washington Avenue around 8:40 p.m. along with a “very damaged” truck near them.

The two pedestrians, who were later identified as Susan Holmer, 54, and Steven Lorentzen, 67, both of Detroit Lakes, were transported to Essentia-St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes and later airlifted to Essentia Fargo for further treatment.

Holmer was in critical condition early Thursday afternoon and Lorentzen was in good condition, according to an Essentia spokesperson.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said eye-witness April Corwell, who lives in the Graystone building on Washington Avenue with her window facing the scene. “It was super surreal and scary.  I saw three ambulances, six cop cars, one fire truck….and I know they were working on one of the people on the ground for quite a while. I just hope they’re okay.”

The driver was uninjured in the incident.

Todd says there was no indication that Johnson was impaired at the time of the crash, and he has been cooperating with the investigation.

The press release goes on to say that the incident is still under investigation, and it is unknown if charges will be filed.

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