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4 hospitalized in Highway 52 wreck

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Four people are sent to the hospital after a two-car wreck on Highway 52.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, two cars were traveling south on Highway 52 Sunday night when they collided near the stretch of road that merges from a four-lane to a two-lane highway.

One vehicle was found in a nearby wooded area on the east side of Highway 52 and the other vehicle was on the center median.

The car located in the woods had four people inside, Abdi Abdirashid, 24, of Iowa City, IA, Yusuf Kaldeq, 26, of Eden Prairie, Minn., Abdi Khader, 21, of Iowa City, and the fourth has not been identified.

Some were not wearing their seat belts.  Crews had to extricate the driver, Abdirashid, and one passenger from the vehicle.

Each person was taken to Saint Marys Hospital. One was transported by Mayo One.

One person is listed in critical condition. The other three are said to have non-life-threatening injuries. A witness on scene noted two people were found unconscious.

The 82-year-old Rochester driver of the second vehicle, Lawrence Lentz, had no apparent injuries.

The Minneosta State Patrol notes the road was dry at the time of the collision.

Highway 52 north and south near the intersection were closed for about an hour.

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