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A serious car accident in Carlton County Sunday sent three people to the hospital with injuries.

According to a report from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, around noon Dispatch received a call reporting an accident involving two vehicles on County Road 61 just south of the city of Moose Lake.

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An 87-year-old female, Phoebe Benson of Barnum, was traveling south on County Road 61 in a 2012 Chevrolet Impala. Benson reportedly made a left turn in front of a 1993 Ford Taurus traveling northbound driven by Randy Habisch, 31, of Moose Lake. Eryn Zebrasky, 20, of Bruno was a passenger in Habisch’s car.

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake reported that all three of the people involved in the accident suffered moderate to severe injuries and were originally transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. Zebrasky was later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Maple Grove, and Habisch was transferred by ambulance to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Duluth. Benson was admitted to Mercy Hospital for treatment of her injuries. No further report on the status of the three accident victims was available when this issue of the Pine Journal went to press.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that it did not appear that alcohol, drugs or speed were a contributing factor in the accident. Although there were torrential rainfalls while emergency responders were treating the victims, the accident is believed to have occurred before the rain started.

Neither Habisch or Zebrasky was wearing a seatbelt.

No decision on whether any charges would be filed had been made by midweek.

Also responding to the scene of the accident were the Moose Lake Police Department, Pine County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Moose Lake Fire Department, Mercy Ambulance, the Cloquet Area Fire District, Essentia Health-Sandstone  and North Air Care.