Crash Near Bird Island Tuesday 12 Sep 13

Two people were hurt in a crash near Bird Island Tuesday afternoon. It happened shortly after 4pm on 840th Avenue about 6 miles northwest of Bird Island. Authorities say that a Freightliner semi-truck driven by 63-year-old Mario Castillo of Bird Island was westbound on the gravel road and was preparing to make a left turn when a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Francis Huebsch of rural Lake Lillian collided with the semi. Huebsch had apparently attempted to pass the semi as it was turning, but hit the front of it instead.  His pickup then went into the ditch and rolled, and Huebsch was ejected. He was flown to North Memorial in Robbinsdale, and his current condition is unknown. Castillo was taken to the Renville County Hospital in Olivia with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.