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Five injured in 2 accidents within 2 days on Hwy. 7

Five people were injured in two accidents within two days on Highway 7 in the Lester Prairie area.
A Lester Prairie couple and a Woodbury man were all injured in a head-on collision Tuesday, Dec. 9, at about 2:10 p.m., on Highway 7 near Carver County Road 33, east of Lester Prairie.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Donald C. Eastman, 71, of Lester Prairie, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Highway 7 when his vehicle veered left into oncoming traffic, resulting in a collision with a 2006 Honda Accord driven by Keith McMullan, 59, of Woodbury. The Accord was eastbound on Highway 7.
Donald Eastman and his wife, Beverly, also age 71, were taken by ambulance to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. McMullan was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, also with non-life-threatening injuries.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol, and everyone involved was wearing seat belts and the air bags deployed.
Also responding to the accident were the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Ridgeview Ambulance and St. Bonifacius Fire Department.
Wednesday, just after 5 p.m., an accident was reported on Highway 7 and Babcock Avenue in McLeod County, just west of Lester Prairie near the Shadowbrooke Golf Course.
According to the State Patrol, Conrad Kvamme, 80, of Arlington, was southbound on Babcock Avenue in a 2014 Ford truck, failed to stop for a stop sign, and broadsided a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu that was westbound on Highway 7. The Malibu was driven by Jerritt Doty, 31, of Hutchinson.
Kvamme was taken by ambulance to the Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with non-life-threatening injuries.  Doty was taken by ambulance to the Hutchinson hospital.
The State Patrol reported that alcohol was not a factor, and both drivers were belted. The air bags in both vehicles deployed.
Assisting at the accident scene were the Lester Prairie and Winsted fire departments and police departments, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ridgeview Ambulance Service.