BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Team asks for prayers with 2 children severely injured in crash
“Team Oeltjenbruns” is asking for prayers after two small children were severely injured in a motor vehicle crash in rural Steele County Friday afternoon.
Jillian Dahl Proft identified the victims of the crash through a Facebook posting as Jessica Oeltjenburns and her two children, ages 3 and 1. She wrote that their vehicle was hit on the passenger side by a truck near their home. The children were flown by Mayo One to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where they remain in critical condition.
According to Dahl Proft, the 3-year-old daughter sustained hairline fractures of a rib and arm and has some swelling of the brain. She also has a laceration on her liver. The 1-year-old son has some bodily bruising and a fair amount of brain swelling. He is not “out of the woods” yet as swelling peaks at 48 hours after trauma.
“Pray for emotional healing as they care for their little ones,” Dahl Proft said. “Pray for swelling to diminish and no lasting side effects.”
A Gofundme account has been set up for the family to help with medical expenses.
The posting went on to say, “Together we will ease their burden.”
The Steele County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into the crash. Contrary to what the Owatonna People’s Press has reported, no alcohol or drugs is involved in this crash.