The Minnesota State Patrol continues to investigate a fatal accident that occurred in Brown County Friday night. It happened on Highway 14 just west of Sleepy Eye, near the intersection with 280th Avenue at around 8:18pm. The state patrol says 19-year-old Kansas Adams of Sleepy Eye was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound when he lost control on an icy curve and was broadsided by an eastbound 1999 Dodge Ram driven by 43-year-old Douglas Wiborg of New Ulm. Adams was seriously injured in the crash, and was one of only two people in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt. His passengers: 18-year-old John Mangen of Fairfax, 17-year-old Caleb Quesenberry of Springfield, 17-year-old Payton Adams of Sleepy Eye, and 20-year-old Tyler Hadley of Sleepy Eye all died as a result of the crash. Mangen was the other one wearing a seatbelt. Wiborg and his 9-year-old and 7-year-old children received non-life threatening injuries, and were all wearing seat belts.
Six teenagers were injured in a rollover crash on Highway 60 near Lake Crystal at shortly after midnight Saturday. 15-year-old Jordan Weis of Mankato was driving a 1998 Jeep when he lost control on the icy highway at around 12:35am and the vehicle rolled. Weis and his 5 passengers, who ranged in age from 15 to 18, were all taken to the Mankato Mayo Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. They were all wearing their seatbelts, although alcohol was detected in the systems of several of the passengers. Several possible charges are pending.
A 45-year-old Springfield man was hospitalized Friday morning after losing control of his truck on an icy Highway 71 south of Sanborn. James Peiffer was driving a GMC truck southbound on 71 when he lost control at just after 6am. Peiffer swerved to avoid a semi and his truck went into the ditch and rolled. He was wearing a seatbelt, and was taken to the Springfield Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. His truck was totaled.
An Elmore woman was injured Friday morning when she lost control of her car on an icy patch on Highway 169 south of Vernon Center. 43-year-old Tina Rheingans was driving an Olds Intrigue northbound on 169 when she lost control and hit a bridge at just after 8am. She was taken to the Mankato Mayo Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and her car was totaled.