Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the woman killed in yesterday's crash at the intersection of Highway 13 and Dakota Avenue.
A broadside crash on the west side of Savage has left one person dead. Maria M. Mendez, 68, was killed yesterday during a crash on Highway 13, about half a mile west of downtown Savage. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash occurred shortly after the tow truck made a left turn off of westbound Highway 13 onto Dakota Avenue South. The left turn lane at that intersection is regulated by a yield sign. The tow truck was hit broadside by a 2010 Kia Soul, which was traveling east on Highway 13. According to the state patrol, the driver of the tow truck failed to yield. The driver of the Kia, 16-year-old Jacqueline A. Levventre, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, as did passengers Jose A. Mendez, 68, and Mercedes E. Jaime-…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The former Senate staffer and Eagan resident was seriously injured on Jan. 23 when he lost control of his vehicle on the Interstate 35E bridge near Lilydale.
Eagan resident Michael Brodkorb—a former Senate staffer whose meteoric rise in the GOP ranks once made headlines—now faces criminal charges in connection to a traffic accident in January. Lilydale City Attorney Thomas Lehmann charged Brodkorb with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree DUI, one misdemeanor count of careless driving and one petty misdemeanor seatbelt violation. If convicted on one of the DUI charges, Brodkorb could face a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The seatbelt violation is a petty misdemeanor punishable with a $300 fine. Brodkorb was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred just after 9 p.m. on Jan. 23 along the Interstate 35E bridge near Lilydale. Police say Brodkorb was driving in the …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Minnesota State Patrol says a 26-year-old Farmington resident was killed and three others injured.
At least one person was killed and two injured in a five-person rollover accident that shut down the northbound lanes of Cedar Avenue on Sunday night, according to Minnesota State Patrol officials. Emergency responders closed Cedar Avenue at McAndrews Road/County Road 38 following the accident, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m., according to the State Patrol website. State Patrol investigators say a GMC Savana van with two occupants was traveling southbound on Hwy. 77 when it veered, hit a metal guard rail and traveled into the northbound lanes of Hwy. 77, according to state patrol officials. At that point, the Savana struck a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling northbound. The Tahoe had three occupants at the time of the collision. …
Friday, October 19, 2012
A massive pileup resulted in plenty of headaches for those getting to work, but no injuries.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Morning commuters were in for an ugly surprise this morning: A giant pileup in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 that brought the road to a total stop, closing all lanes. Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol told KARE 11 that the crash involved seven to eight vehicles, including a semi-tractor trailer. The crash occurred at the ramp merging I-35W and Cliff Road, a junction that has been in the news often in recent months. In early September, one Burnsville woman was left in critical condition after a three-car pileup at the same spot.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Authorities say 16-year-old Jonathan Thomas and Rey Chacon, 17, were fellow passengers in a car that rolled down an embankment onto Interstate 35 on Tuesday, killing two.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Investigators with the Minnesota State Patrol have released the names of the two other passengers involved in the fatal rollover just north of the Burnsville-Lakeville border Tuesday afternoon. The crash killed Frederick Jeffery Alexander, 16, of Burnsville, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:30 p.m crash. Alesha Katherine Roehl, 17, of Burnsville died a few hours later at Hennepin County Medical Center. Two Lakeville South students—Jonathan L. Thomas, 16, of Lakeville and Rey Chacon, 17, of Burnsville—sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash on Interstate 35, according to a State Patrol media release updated Friday morning. …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Authorities say John Ohlsen, 31, died on Friday after his car ran off the road.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter A 31-year-old Burnsville man is dead after a single car crash in St. Paul. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that John G. Ohlsen was involved in a fatal accident that occurred around 9 p.m. on Friday, as Ohlsen was driving on a road cutting though the Battle Creek Regional Park. Authorities say his Jeep initially swerved into the median and oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 61. Ohlsen overcorrected, ran into a ditch and hit a tree. Ohlsen died at the scene. To see the incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol, click here.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Lee Johnson, a 49-year-old Burnsville resident, was ejected from his Chevy Suburban during an accident on Highway 371.
A local man was seriously injured on Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle on Highway 371 up north. According to a report from the Brainerd Dispatch, 49-year-old Lee Johnson lost control of his vehicle as he was driving in the south bound lanes around 2:20 p.m. The Suburban veered into the median and rolled, ejecting Johnson from the vehicle. Johnson was the sole occupant of the SUV. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The state patrol reports that he suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries. Johnson was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls for medical care.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, a sharp-eyed trooper from the Minnesota State Patrol caught a woman driving in a MnPASS lane on I-35W with a mannequin masquerading as a passenger.
An Eden Prairie woman was cited Thursday morning for driving in the MnPASS lanes on Interstate 35W with a counterfeit carpooler in her backseat—a bald, beige dummy dressed in a sweatshirt and neon orange sunglasses. Ideally, the MnPASS lane is available only to those who pay an electronic toll or those who carpool with living, breathing human beings. The Minnesota State Patrol promptly posted the encounter on Facebook and issued two citations to Crystal Allen, 29, according to a report from the Pioneer Press: One for driving with a suspended license and another for failing to obey a sign. For her part, Allen allegedly told troopers that her friends put her up to it on a dare. Such antics are hardly new. According to a Star Tribune report …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Police arrested Dmitri Quillan Van Valkenburg, after the man allegedly fled from officers in a vehicle and on foot.
Despite the fearful pleas of his passenger to stop, police say an intoxicated 38-year-old Bloomington man led officers on a car chase, on March 18, that spanned four cities and reached speeds of 100 MPH before finally ending in Lakeville. Dmitri Quillan Van Valkenburg, of Bloomington, faces one felony count of first-degree driving while impaired, one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of fleeing on foot, among other criminal charges. If convicted of the first-degree DWI, Van Valkenburg could face a maximum of seven years in prison and $14,000 in fines. A Minnesota State Patrol officer attempted to stop Van Valkenburg around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18 after witnessing Van Valkenburg's …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
What appears to be a two car accident has brought traffic to a halt on the east branch of Interstate 35 near the exit for County Road 11.
What appears to be a two-car crash has occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 East, between County Road 11 and Cliff Road. One car is disable on the shoulder. Another badly damaged vehicle lies at the top of a steep embankment. Traffic is at a standstill. Alternate routes suggested. More details to follow as soon as they are available. UPDATE, 12:51 p.m. Burnsville Fire Chief BJ Jungmann reports that city emergency response went out to the crash scene around 10 a.m. where they found one battered vehicle up against the soundwall. The report was initially called in as a rollover with a vehicle fire, but Jungmann said the apparent smoke reported was dust from airbags deploying, a common occurrence at crash scenes. Fire fighters …