Three Hurt In Local Area Crashes 17 Feb 14

Two people were injured in a car crash at the intersection of Highways 99 and 111 north of Nicollet Saturday morning. It happened at just after 10am. A Chevy Venture driven by 44-year-old Kao Khang of Tracy was heading eastbound on 99 when it collided with the northbound Buick LeSabre driven by 59-year-old Bruce Urbatch of Waldorf. Khan was not hurt in the broadside crash, but Urbatch and his passenger, 55-year-old Julie Urbatch were both taken to the Mankato Mayo Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol reports that the road conditions were icy at the time.


A Winthrop woman was injured in a rollover accident just west of Gibbon Sunday morning. It happened at just before 8am on Highway 19. 51-year-old Suzanne Pichotta was driving a Ford Taurus westbound when she lost control in a snowdrift and the car went into the ditch and rolled. Pichotta was taken to the Glencoe Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.

  • Harvey McFadden

    Generally vehicles with equal weight
    front and rear have a fatality occurrence of 50 per million registered. This
    can be attributed to human error.

    Consistently vehicle with more than 63 percent weight on
    the front will have 3 times as many accidents. The difference in weight makes
    predicting a safe speed harder and recovery from a breakaway of the lighter
    rear almost impossible.

    On these vehicles keeping the
    best tires on the rear will decrease the number of accidents

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