The roads and highways in and around Mankato have seen quite a few accidents in recent days. Many of these accidents have been two-car collisions that have resulted in either injuries or death. In each case, someone was at fault in the accident.
In the first accident, an accident near the River Hills Mall on Highway 22 along the Highway 14 exit left a woman with non-life threatening injuries. The woman was entering Highway 22 from Highway 14 when a man crossed the intersection and struck her vehicle. The man in the accident did not receive life threatening injuries.
In another Highway 22 accident, two were injured. In this broadside collision, one man was headed Eastbound on Augusta Drive when he collided with a northbound SUV on Highway 22. This caused both vehicles to enter the ditch on the eastbound side of the highway.
In this second case, the Augusta Drive vehicle’s occupants were seriously injured. The passenger was transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys and declared in critical condition. The driver was taken to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for treatment.
Both the passenger and the driver were wearing their seat belts and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash did not receive any injuries.
In a third area crash, a New Ulm man was injured when the car he was driving was hit by a horse trailer that had disconnected from a pickup truck.
Nicollet County deputies said that a man was driving his car northbound on Nicollet County Road 37 when a southbound pickup truck pulling a horse trailer passed him just as the trailer disconnected from the truck. The Sheriff’s Department said that the driver of the pickup truck was not issued a traffic citation in the accident.
In a fourth accident, there was a fatal accident just south of St. Peter when two out of three people involved in the accident died after being broadsided by another vehicle.
According by the Minnesota State Patrol’s report, a Chevy Cavalier was heading northbound on Highway 169 when it collided with a southbound Buick Lacrosse driven by a Mankato man. The man driving the Buick Lacrosse only received minor injuries. However, the cause of the accident has been determined to be the fault of the driver of the Cavalier, as he had turned left in front of the Lacrosse, causing the two vehicles to collide.
Neither one of the individuals in the Cavalier were wearing seatbelts.