Two vehicle accident on Vermillion Trail leaves one person dead and two injured.

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date: July 23, 2017

Incident Time:  9:15 P.M.

Incident Location: 9300 Vermillion Trail  Makinen, MN 55763

Name:  Rai Walden (Deceased)



Age: 29



Address: Makinen



Incident Summary:

On July 23, 2017 at approximately 9:15pm the St Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal two car accident in the 9300 block of the Vermillion Trail in Makinen Township. When deputies arrived on scene, they located two vehicles in the ditch. One vehicle was overturned and submerged in approximately two feet of water with two occupants trapped inside. The other vehicle contained three occupants that all appeared to have non-life threatening injuries. Deputies, with the assistance of a civilian, were able to remove the passenger of the overturned vehicle. That passenger was air lifted to a Duluth hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver of overturned vehicle, Rai Walden, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver negligence, mechanical malfunction, and weather are believed to be contributing factors.

The accident remains under investigation at this time.


Assisting Agencies

MN State Patrol

St. Louis County Rescue Squad

Life Link Air Medical

Gold Cross Ambulance

Gnesen Volunteer Fire Department

Fredenburg Volunteer Fire Department


Additional Information or Update:

Authority: Deputy Matt Sobczak #5333

Date: July 24, 2017                       Time: 4:00 AM