Van driver injured in rear-end crash with farm truck

**Update: The state patrol erroneously reported that alcohol was a factor in the crash.  This article has been changed to reflect the updated crash report**

A man was injured in a crash Thursday evening when a van rear-ended a farm truck in Blue Earth County.

The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on Highway 14 between Eagle Lake and Janesville, in Le Ray Township.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a Freightliner farm truck was eastbound on the highway when it was rear-ended by a Dodge Caravan driven by Jarod Evan Paul Schmidt, 28, of Madelia.  Schmidt was transported to Mayo Clinic Mankato with believed non-life threatening injuries, according to the patrol.

A crash report says Schmidt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the semi, Andrew John Hillstrom, 27, and his passenger, Russell Neal Hillstrom, 70, both of Henderson, weren’t injured.

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