Verndale Woman Struck By Semi 09 Jan 18

Wet roads contributed to a Verndale woman being hospitalized Thursday afternoon.

34-year-old Mary Joy Byman was driving south on Highway 71 near Menahga at 4:11 p.m., when she veered into the northbound lanes. Byman was struck on the driver’s side-door by a 2009 Stoughton Semitruck, driven by 60-year-old Michael Allan Erickson of Osakis.

Byman wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and was airlifted to an Essentia hospital with minor injuries. Erickson wasn’t hurt.