Immunity of MnDOT engineer argued in Court of Appeals 15 Apr 16

A panel of three Court of Appeals judges heard arguments Thursday in New Ulm on the degree of immunity for a traffic engineer who made changes to a Waseca intersection where a football coach died in a car crash in 2012. The state argues the engineer used proper discretion when making changes to the Old Highway 14 and County Road 27 intersection where Fred Statz collided with a semi-truck. Traffic signs at the intersection were changed shortly before the crash converting it from a four-way stop to a two-way stop. Statz’s parents, Bill and Kathy, alleged negligence by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in a lawsuit that says the changes made the intersection more dangerous. The Court of Appeals will issue a decision in the next 90 days.