Critical Injury Crash on Snow Covered I-35 Near Albert Lea
Albert Lea, MN (KROC-AM News) - Slick conditions from the snow that fell across the region this morning apparently contributed to a multi-vehicle crash near Albert Lea that critically injured two women. The State Patrol says the incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. when 55-year-old Bruce Hargesheimer of Bloomington lost control of the SUV he was driving south on I-35 and the vehicle slid through the median and onto the southbound lanes where it collided with another SUV. The second SUV rolled into the median, while the Hargesheimer vehicle was hit by a northbound semi-truck and both vehicles ended up in the ditch on the east side of the freeway just north of the Clarks Grove exit.
Hargesheimer was transported to St. Marys Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while two of his passengers had life-threatening wounds when they were rushed to Rochester for treatment. They were identified as 55-year-old Michelle Hargesheimer and 27-year-old Alicia Hargesheimer of Bloomington. A third passenger, 30-year-old Nicole Hargesheimer of Luverne, was taken to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Albert Lea with non-life threatening injuries.
The 51-year-old Kansas City man driving the truck and the Clive, Iowa man driving the second SUV were not hurt, but a passenger in the SUV, 7-year-old Sara Garneau of Clive, Iowa was brought to the emergency room in Albert Lea because of non-life threatening injuries.
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