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No serious injuries from high speed accident

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An accident at the corner of Highway 33 and Doddridge Avenue Tuesday night resulted in damage to two vehicles but no serious injuries.

“It was a very high speed impact and people were very lucky,” said Cloquet Area Fire District Captain Chad Vermeersch, explaining that CAFD staff responded to the scene and assessed accident victims but didn’t transport anyone to the hospital. “As far as we know, no one was critically injured.”

According to the police incident report, a 2010 Chevy Silverado was headed northbound on Highway 33 when it struck a 1993 Toyota Camry, making a lefthand turn onto Doddridge from southbound 33.

Witnesses said the truck (which contained the driver and two passengers) T-boned the car (with only the driver inside) at a high rate of speed. Remarkably, there were no serious injuries.

“When you see the damage to the vehicles, it’s surprising,” Cloquet Police Commander Commander Carey Ferrell said. “Based on the statements of the witnesses and the admission of the driver of the truck, he was cited for reckless driving.”

There was a reason for the speed, however. The driver of the truck was transporting someone to the hospital for a medical emergency. According to the emergency scanner calls, that someone was a toddler with an allergic reaction.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, two people had already left to continue the trip to the hospital.