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Second Street crash injures Hudson woman

Linda Klynderud's Volkswagen Passat is hauled away on a flat-bed wrecker after a two-vehicle accident late Tuesday afternoon, March 25, on Second Street. Another car pulled from a driveway into the path of Klynderud's northbound car. The accident backed up traffic for close to an hour. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Meg Heaton)

A crash that backed up traffic coming into Hudson on Second Street late Tuesday afternoon, March 25, also resulted in serious injuries to at least one of the drivers involved.

Linda Klynderman said Thursday that she has a broken sternum, a cut lip and a sprained and swollen hand as a result of the crash.

“It’s hard to breathe. It’s really painful,” she said of the effect of the broken sternum.

Klynderman said she was returning home from her job at an engineering firm in Woodbury when the accident happened at about 4:50 p.m.

She was northbound in the left lane, in heavy traffic, when the other car came out of the parking lot of the Northwestern Mutual office and into her traffic lane, according to Klynderman.

A motorist in the right lane apparently had stopped to allow the other driver to pull onto Second Street.

“He darted out real fast to get across. I didn’t have time to put on the brakes or anything,” Klynderman said.

Klynderman was taken by ambulance to Hudson Hospital, where x-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan were taken to determine the extent of her injuries.

Before the ambulance arrived, another motorist came to Klynderman’s assistance. She suddenly realized that it was her neighbor, a veterinarian who provides the medical care for her dog.

Klynderman said her difficulty breathing made her scared, but the sight of her neighbor and veterinarian brought some comic relief.

“At least I have my vet to take care of me,” she recalled saying.

Klynderman hadn’t been able to return to work yet, two days after the crash. She was still without a car, too.

The air bags in her Volkswagen Passat deployed in the accident and the car sustained heavy front-end damage.

Both cars were taken away on flat-bed tow trucks following the accident, which tied up traffic on Second Street for close to an hour during the busy evening commute.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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