Accident clarification

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In the Oct. 30 Monitor-News it was reported that Pamela D. Uhden, 51, of DeGraff was a passenger in a one-vehicle crash Oct. 26 and had suffered minor injuries. The information came from the Minnesota State Patrol’s media web site page.

Last week, Uhden contacted the Monitor-News to say that she had not been involved in the accident, but rather witnessed it happen.  She then went to the aid of the people involved in the accident, getting blood on herself in the process. The state trooper at the scene suggested that she go to the hospital to be checked because of her close contact with the blood of those injured in the accident, she said.

The Monitor-News checked the State Patrol media web site Nov. 5 and the information stating Uhden was a passenger in the vehicle was still listed in the accident report. However, a phone call to the southwest district office of the State Patrol confirmed Uhden’s version of the story.

The State Patrol district office said it was going to check on how the wrong information was posted to the web site.

Claudia Gaitan, 12, suffered serious injuries in the accident when the vehicle she was riding in left Minnesota Highway 40 eight miles south of Murdock in Chippewa County and rolled over, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The 1997 Dodge Caravan driven by Marco T. Sanchez, 26, was headed west on Highway 40 late Saturday afternoon when the accident occurred. The State Patrol listed his city of residence as “unknown.” He suffered minor injuries.

Other passengers in the vehicle who suffered non-life threatening injuries were Cesia M. Gaitan, 14, Keilin J. Gaitan, 28, Geovanny A. Gaitan, 9, and Cinthya C. Gaintan, 10. All had no known city of residence.

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