Driver Dies After Car Goes Airborne, Lands In Trees

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A driver is dead after a vehicle went airborne, landed in some trees and caught on fire Sunday.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office responded to the one-car crash around 4 p.m. Sunday on 140th Avenue, near Highway 63 in the town of Emerald.

Police say a 1998 Dodge Stratus was driving west on 140th Avenue when the vehicle entered the ditch, struck a culvert and went airborne hitting the top of a tree. The vehicle came to rest among some trees but then caught on fire, according to police.

Three citizens attempted to pull the victim from the vehicle and put the fire out with a fire extinguisher but the flames were too intense.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld until family notification.

The crash remains under investigation.


One Comment

  1. crazy says:

    what kind of speed does one need to be traveling at to get way up in a tree anyway?

  2. Mary Lehan says:

    The person who wrote this article needs to know the difference between (the driver and their. When using the word (their) it refers to more than one person.
    The driver of this vehicle is no a their, but the driver. Perhaps you should know
    the language better before writing an article of this nature.

    1. The Architect says:

      That is false. The word “their” does not have to refer to multiple people.

      Talk about needing to know your language better, eh?

      Have a nice day!

    2. alan says:

      This is a sop to political correctness by performing vocabulary incorrectness. Too many people use “they” instead of “he or she” when gender is unknown.

      1. just sayin says:

        A driver is dead after their vehicle went airborne, landed in some trees and caught on fire Sunday.

        Instead it should be “A driver is dead after a vehicle went airborne, landed in some trees and caught on fire Sunday.”

        Sucks that it happened – I’ll bet something was happening to encourage such erratic driving. Heart attack? Arguement? Phone? Sex?

  3. Callie's mom says:

    Oh gosh people, just read it for the article & information, not for correcting an english paper!

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