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UPDATE: Erickson in critical condition following accident

Corie Erickson. Photo from Caring Bridge web site

An accident just before 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, in Stillwater has left Corie Erickson, 23, a 2007 Hudson High School graduate, in critical condition. Her condition had not changed as of Tuesday morning according to a source at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

A passenger in a vehicle driven by John P. Hartmon, 24, also of Hudson, both he and Erickson were transported to Regions Hospital along with a second passenger in the car, Paul J. Oman, 26, of New Richmond. Hartmon was listed in fair condition on Tuesday morning. Oman was treated and released.

According to authorities, Hartmon's vehicle was struck head-on when a car driven by Gavin J. Langer, 28, of Sheboygan, crossed the center line on the south end of Main Street in Stillwater. Langer was also taken to Regions with less serious injuries.

The crash is under investigation but the Minnesota State Patrol has reported that alcohol was detected on both drivers and that no one involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. The accident closed downtown Stillwater in the area of the accident for two hours on Friday night.

Erickson's injuries

According to information on Erickson's Caring Bridge website, she has moderate brain trauma, a collapsed lung and a broken leg. She currently is breathing through a ventilator and remains in an induced coma. Tests indicate that she does not have any spinal or neck damage.

She is the daughter of John and Diane Erickson of Houlton and most recently attended UW-River Falls. Information about her condition is available at www.caringbridge.org/ visit/corieerickson.

Hartmon, who also attended Hudson High School, is the son of John and Constance Hartmon of Hudson. No further information about his condition was available at press time.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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