Wrong-Way Driver Causes Serious Accident Near Bemidji

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A wrong-way driver caused a crash on Highway 2 that sent several people to the hospital Thursday night.

According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, around 8:40 p.m., a driver in a SUV was spotted heading east in the westbound lanes of Hwy. 2 — about 4 miles north of Bemidji.

The dispatch center got at least 15 calls reporting the wrong-way driver.

The SUV ended up running numerous vehicles off the road, before it hit a westbound vehicle and then crashed into another.

A deputy responding to the complains also hit the vehicles, which were blocking the lanes of Hwy. 2.

The driver and passenger in the second vehicle hit by the SUV were severely injured and brought to Sanford Health ER. he passenger was airlifted to Fargo.

The Beltrami County Deputy was treated at the ER and then released.

The driver of the wrong-way SUV was arrested and is being held at the Beltrami County Jail on charges of criminal vehicular operation.

Names are being withheld until family is notified.

Officers continue to investigate. They have not said if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

  • gdog

    I wonder if the cop that hit the cars that were in his way gave them tickets for not moving over.

  • Dave's Not Here

    What kind of idiot doesn’t realize they’re going the wrong way on a freeway. I mean, all due respect for the deceased and all, but this kind of thing just can’t happen.

    This person was either schnockered off his gourd or was an 88 year old woman.

  • tom

    Contact a PIA and never work again!

  • Jane Doe

    He did it on purpose. At approximately 3pm that day, he called to fill a prescription of medication, he then overdosed himself on Anxiety medication. A generic for xanex. This wasn’t an addicent, or something he “didn’t realize”, he was on a mission for demolition, and he succeeded.

  • TW

    Jane Doe… you have no idea what your saying… dont say anything until you get the facts!! And learn how to spell …ACCIDENT – not addicent! Look up the side effects of XANAX!! He was NOT on a “mission for demolition”… Xanax made him confused and more panicky with anxiety… it also makes you very sleepy! He has a clean driving record…. not even a speeding ticket and NO criminal record whatsoever!! How would you know what time he called in to fill a prescription ulnless you work at the Walgreens he got it filled at OR you work at his Doctors office?!! He has or did not”SUCCEED” anything… HE needs help. His Doctor should be sitting right next to him for prescribing this to him over the phone without seeing him first!! Too many doctors are giving drugs out as if its candy to children! and PS Jane Doe you better not be who I think you are!

  • George

    It has been nearly over 8 months now but truth needs to be told that Andrea Waagen Konoske’s blood test at the Fargo’s hospital came back positive for alcohol and narcotics. I wonder if she had a prescription. Mr. Westrums test for alcohol came back negitive.

    • Steven

      She also had benzos in her system. She had Alcohol, narcotics, and benzos. Three different intoxicants in her system. When an accident like this occurs everybody involved should be tested before judjement is made. It is also impossible to tell if it was Westrums collission that broke her leg or if it was the state trooper that barelled in to her after the accident was already over and all partys involved were at a stand still. In law enforcement you are held accountable if you are driving at an unsafe rate of speed.

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