MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 29-year-old Redwood Falls man is dead, a 50-year-old man is in critical condition and five others were hurt in a four-vehicle crash in Kandiyohi County on Christmas Eve, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Authorities said the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 7 in Kandiyohi County. A 2011 Ford Escape was traveling eastbound on Highway 7 when it failed to stop for a traffic signal and struck a Ford pickup truck. That truck then rolled onto two vehicles, killing one person and injuring six others.

The victim has been identified as Justin R. Gustafson of Redwood Falls. John Gustafson, 50 of Redwood Falls, is in a hospital and has been upgraded from critical to satisfactory condition.

The accident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol with assistance from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (5)
  1. Joy says:

    Pass through that intersection many times a year while traveling back home to visit….”Harry’s Corner” has been notorious for accidents for as long as I can remember! It’s well marked but it keeps happening! So sorry for the victims of this Christmas Eve tragedy!!!! Keeping them and their families in my prayers!!!

  2. Melanie says:

    thank you so much for your thougths and prayers. I am Justin’s mother and I we just went to the intersection and set up a cross for Justin! It is a tragedy that should have never happened. His Fiance just had a baby girl on Monday! Please saya prayer when you go through that intersection so that it never happens again! Bless your heart!!

    1. Joy says:


      I will look for the cross next time I pass through and remember your family in my prayers! Again I’m so sorry for your loss. Congratulations on the birth of your grand daughter and my heart goes out to her and her mother who also lost the love of their lives!!

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