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Driver Admits To Smoking Marijuana Before Crash That Seriously Injured 5-Year-Old

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - A 5-year-old child was seriously injured in a car crash in Hubbard County Saturday after a driver involved in the crash admitted to being high on marijuana.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, authorities responded to reports of a two vehicle crash on County Road 4 near Lake George around 8:30 p.m.

Deputies say when they arrived at the scene one vehicle was flipped on its roof in the middle of the road and the other was in the ditch. A 5-year-old passenger was seriously bleeding from the head and was airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

After an initial investigation of the scene, authorities determined a 30-year-old Bemidji man was traveling northbound in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee when he entered the lane of oncoming traffic crashing head-on with a 26-year-old from Dent, driving a 2005 Cadillac.

Authorities say the 26-year-old had three other passengers in the vehicle including the 5-year-old victim. The three other passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

According to the sheriff's office, the 30-year-old admitted he had smoked marijuana prior to driving and had fallen asleep causing the crash. The sheriff's office took a blood sample from him before he was also airlifted to Sanford Hospital for a head injury.

This crash is still under investigation.

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