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Nisswa woman, her daughter seriously injured in crash

A Nisswa woman and her 4-year-old daughter were seriously injured in a two-vehicle, head-on collision Thursday, Jan. 15, on County Road 3 at Country Lane north of Brainerd.

A Nisswa woman and her 4-year-old daughter were seriously injured in a two-vehicle, head-on collision Thursday, Jan. 15, on County Road 3 at Country Lane north of Brainerd.

Macy Kujava, 24, and her daughter, Sophia M. Kujava, were last reported to have been taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with serious injuries.

Emergency personnel and law enforcement responded to the crash reported at 8:20 a.m. on County Road 3 south of The Woods restaurant. Heavy traffic was rerouted so responders could help the injured parties. The Minnesota State Patrol worked on the crash reconstruction of the scene, with help from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

The State Patrol reported Kujava, driving a Honda Civic, was traveling southbound on Crow Wing County Road 3 and a Dodge Ram, driven by Vaughn C. Gentry, 39, Barnesville, was traveling northbound on County Road 3. Vaughn lost control of his truck, which crossed over the center line and hit the Honda head-on, the State Patrol said.

Kujava and her daughter were transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and then airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

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Gentry was transported to the Brainerd hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

There were close to a dozen Brainerd firefighters at the scene. Firefighters extricated the Kujavas from the Honda Civic.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said he believes road conditions played a role in the crash. Dahl reminded motorists to use caution, have patience and plan time accordingly when traveling in adverse winter driving conditions.The Brainerd Police Department also assisted at the scene.

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