FRAZEE, Minn. (WCCO) — A teenager was seriously injured when the car he was driving slide off the road and ended upside down in a pond.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on County Road 29 just north of Frazee, Minn. around 11:15 p.m. Friday. A motorist called authorities when they noticed a vehicle in the pond with the lights still on.

Rescue crews were able to remove the driver, who was the lone occupant, from the vehicle.

The driver was identified as 17-year-old Myrel John Schermerhorn, a student at Frazee High School who had been at the high school for a fundraising event.

Schermerhorn was transported to a Fargo hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office said the accident appeared to be caused by “extremely dangerous road conditions due to compacted snow and ice.”

Schermerhorn’s vehicle began to skid on a curve and when he overcorrected, the vehicle slid off the roadway and into the pond.

Authorities said an investigation of the accident showed that Schermerhorn may have been submerged in the vehicle for about 20 minutes.

Comments (10)
  1. Jake says:

    THANKS MNDOT!!! A job well done!!

    1. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

      County Road 29 – It was a county road Einstein, blame Becker County. Besides, you think every road gets sanded and salted as soon as conditions warrant? Ever hear of snow emergency routes? Every county, city, township has the roads they do FIRST as they have the biggest impact on public safety. Another idiot Republican trying to blame the state. MNDOT does an excellent job on State and Federal highways in and around St. Paul and Minneapolis. If you think they don’t then increase their budget so they can add trucks and drivers……

      1. SO SAD says:

        MNDOT is doing an excellent job?? Really??? I drove home to St. Paul from Duluth on Saturday afternoon and did not one sand truck on I35. Even when there was over 6″ on the road. Yes, they are doing a wonderful job! AND I live on a snow emergency route…………still waiting!!!!

    2. joe says:

      Hurry up and get back to work. The drive thru line is getting longer.

  2. red says:

    Another reason why teens don’t need to be driving even if they do have a frickin license. This kid was lucky

    1. GEt.a.LiFE says:

      yeah, lets just blame it all on teenagers right? cause my car was not just totalled by a lady in her mid 40’s who was texting and rear eneded me at a stoplight going 65? yup– its my fault cause im a teen and stopped at a red light- oh my bad.

  3. k Davis says:

    Wow, you guys are sad. A boy is near death and you all sound like a bunch of two year old’s! Get a life. Say a prayer. Do something useful.

  4. Liz says:

    Yeah we do not need to blame the teens, especially this boy. The roads where horrible. I am not a teenager and I am sure in road conditions like that I would have slid off the road. May the Lord be with this boy and his familiy. i really hope he survives this accident. he will use this accident as a testimonal of survival!

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