By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 73-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon following a crash involving three vehicles near Hutchinson.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened on Highway 7, just east of the city. In total, eight people were injured and hospitalized, although only one driver was seriously hurt.

Authorities say that the three-car crash happened when a red Ford pickup heading east on the highway collided with a Chrysler van turning onto Omega Avenue. The red truck then crossed into the westbound lane and slammed into a white Ford pickup.

Jerome Karg, the driver of the white truck, was seriously injured in the crash. The Brownton man was brought to Hennepin Hospital for treatment. Authorities say he was not wearing a seat belt. He was the only person in the truck.

Of the seven other people injured, five were in the van and two were in the red truck.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.