Rochester area crash sends 5 to hospital

Minnesota residents, along with millions across the country, have been subjected to a particularly brutal winter. In addition to extreme cold temperatures, the Rochester area has experienced multiple measureable snowfalls that have left area roads and highways ice-covered and slippery. These dangerous road conditions have prompted local officials to issue warnings to drivers to avoid driving when possible and exercise extreme caution in cases where travel cannot be avoided.

A two-car accident recently occurred west of Rochester that resulted in four individuals being transported to an area hospital via ambulance and one airlifted. According to the police report, the car accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. when a westbound vehicle driven by a 60-year-old woman lost control and crashed into the front of an oncoming eastbound car.

While the driver of the car that was struck did not require medical attention, the vehicle’s three passengers all suffered serious injuries. One passenger, a 23-year-old woman, suffered injuries were so severe that she was airlifted to Rochester’s Mayo clinic. The 60-year-old female driver of the other vehicle, along with her 60-year-old male passenger also suffered injuries in the crash for which both sought medical treatment.

Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but that icy road conditions likely contributed to the 60-year-old driver losing control of her vehicle.

This accident serves as a cautionary tale to drivers around the Rochester area when driving on snow covered roads and highways. It’s often difficult to gauge whether or just how slippery these roads may be. As such, drivers are encouraged to slow down and use extreme caution when approaching or passing other vehicles.

Individuals who are involved in car accidents often suffer painful injuries that may be chronic in nature. Even seemingly minor injuries can adversely impact an individual’s health and ability to enjoy life. More serious injuries may result in an individual suffering permanent or disabling injuries that take an enormous physical, mental and financial toll.

Source: Waseca County News, “Waseca woman airlifted from crash near Waseca-Rice County border,” Suzanne Rook, Feb. 26, 2014