Head-on crash near Rochester kills 3, seriously injures 1

Car accidents that involve head-on crashes are among some of the most deadly and serious of all motor vehicle accidents. When two motor vehicles collide head-on, the front impact causes the bodies of drivers and passengers to violently thrust forward. Even in cases where vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts and airbags are deployed, when traveing at speeds of 55 MPH or more, drivers and passengers are likely to suffer serious injuries.

Three individuals were recently killed in a head-on crash west of Rochester. According to the police report, the crash occurred when a car driven by a 36-year-old mother, who was traveling with her 5-year-old daughter, crossed the highway’s center line and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

Both the 36-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the accident scene. The 65-year-old man who was driving the pickup was rushed to a Rochester hospital where he subsequently died. A four-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the truck, also suffered serious injuries. Two other passengers who were riding in the truck appear to have escaped injury.

Police continue to investigate the accident in an attempt to discover what factors may have contributed to the 36-year-old’s fatal driving error. While police report the woman was not under the influence of alcohol, it’s possible she was distracted or overly fatigued. The individuals and families impacted by this fatal car accident will likely suffer and mourn for years. In addition to the physical and mental pain and suffering, they may also suffer financially as they attempt to deal with medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses.

Source: Star Tribune, “Three dead in head-on crash on Hwy. 169 near Mankato,” Anthony Lonetree, March 16, 2014