Minnesota law enforcement officials have responded to dozens of accidents and at least 3 deaths since this winter storm system moved into the state. The State Patrol says 82-year-old Vera Hunt of Deerwood was killed when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy Highway 210, slid into the oncoming lane and was struck on the passenger side. Eighty-five-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton is identified as the victim of a deadly one-vehicle rollover on Highway 7 in Big Stone County. And 52-year-old Terrence Cusick of Fargo died in a three-vehicle wreck on I-94 near St.Cloud after a jack-knifed semi collided with his car. There have been hundreds of minor accidents on our state’s roads since the snow began falling as well.
Two people were injured in a crash on an icy Highway 5 in Sibley County Tuesday morning. It happened at just after 5:30am at the intersection with County Road 13 east of Gaylord. A Pontiac Bonneville driven by 56-year-old Kenneth Uecker of Gaylord was eastbound on Highway 5 when it was broadsided by a southbound Buick Riviera in the intersection. The Buick was driven by 42-year-old Brian Heater of Glencoe. Both he and Uecker were taken to the Sibley Medical Center in Arlington to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were totaled.
Two separate car crashes took place in Blue Earth County Tuesday morning as road conditions deteriorated. The first took place at around 7:40am at the intersection of Highways 14 and 60. A GMC Yukon driven by a 38-year-old Wisconsin man collided with a Geo Prism in the intersection. The driver of the Prism, 29-year-old Crystal Sweet of Owatonna was taken to the Mankato Mayo Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The other driver was not hurt. The second crash happened at just after 8am at the intersection of Highway 22 and Blue Earth County Road 16. An eastbound Dodge Intrepid driven by 35-year-old Jayson Beaudry of Mankato collided with a northbound Pontiac Grand-Am driven by 26-year-old Amber Sternitzke of Good Thunder in the intersection. Sternitzke was taken to the Mankato Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and Beaudry escaped injury.
One person was injured in a car crash on Highway 14 near Eagle Lake Tuesday evening. 21-year-old Chelsey Johnson of Eagle Lake suffered non life-threatening injuries after her Dodge Neon collided with a Ford pickup truck in the intersection of Highway 14 and Parkview Avenue at just before 6pm. She was treated at the Mankato Mayo Hospital. The two occupants of the pickup were not hurt.