Woman Changing Tire Critically Injured By Van Identified

REMER, Minn. (WCCO) — A woman was critically injured after a minivan fell on her while she was changing a tire on the side of the road in Itasca County, Minn.

Forty-four-year-old Wendy Waisanen, of Cohasset, Minn. was driving a Dodge Caravan along Highway 6 about 13 miles north of Remer when the accident happened Wednesday evening.

Waisanen had parked on the side of the highway to change a flat tire.

According to the State Patrol, the van slid off the jack while she was trying to retrieve the spare tire from under the vehicle. Waisanen was pinned underneath.

Waisanen was flown to Duluth to be hospitalized. The patrol said she was listed in critical condition.

  • Jo

    The way this is written, it sounds like another minivan, other than the one she is changing the tire on, fell on her. “A” minivan fell on her? Not the she was changing a tire and “it” fell on her?

    • Stands with a band-aide

      Get a life. A smoking hot woman got injured.

    • Uncle Rico

      More comment screening, lets try again. C-C_O blows, and their “Gotcha” journalism headlines are disrespectful to those portrayed in the articles and their readers.

  • Julie

    I hope she is alright.
    Pinning under vehicles happens and when it happens, it is without warning.
    I had a similar event happen, I was changing the front tire and the van slid (it was in park and I was on a sandy hill) the van slipped off the jack and pinned my left hand between the top of the wheel well and the tire which was by then off the lugs.)

    • jackactionhero

      More reasons women shouldn’t change tires and should just call someone who knows what they’re doing…

      You’re in more danger getting out of your car along the freeway than being in a war zone.

  • Stacie

    Kind of scary… I have to admit I could use a refresher course on how to properly change a flat. I sometimes wonder if they shouldn’t redesign the jacks to make them a little sturdier.

  • Doug

    What a poorly written article trying to sensationalize a tire-changing mishap. I agree with Jo above.

  • Jay

    My initial reaction to the title was another Amy Senssor incident, until I read the story. Sincerely hope the woman recovers.

    • I'm just saying...

      GIve it a rest, please. You’re boring.

      • Jay

        I didnt mean anything negative while comparing the similarities. The title of the article was such to make one consider the probability of another person on the highway getting hit….thats all!

  • Bernie

    She should’ve stayed in the kitchen, but then I guess a toaster could have fell on her too.

    • Sharon Peters

      A toaster could have fallen on her. Bernie, REALLY?

  • Matt

    Hoping she can make a full recovery.
    Please use this as a reminder to remove the spare tire from under any vehicle before you jack the vehicle up. Also when I get the flat tire off I place it under the vehicle next to the jack as I am putting the spare on. If the vehicle falls off the jack there is a little bit of a gap to get the jack back under the vehicle or maybe enough room to keep from crushing you.

    • Uncle_Rico

      Great advice. Also, never change a tire on un-even terrain e.g. a hill/high slope or on a slant. The uneven weight distribution can cause the jack to slip or put too much pressure on it and break it, causing it to collapse. Buy every auto owner in your immediate family a pump jack and throw out those scissor ones that come with the doughnut. It should be illegal for manufacturers to consider those sufficient and safe.

  • The Editor

    After reviewing the headline and the story, it is concluded the headline was poorly written and deliberately misleads the reader.

  • Kris

    What really matters here is that a wonderful woman who happens to be someone’s mother, daughter, sister and aunt was critically injured in a freak accident. Instead of harping on how the article was written maybe we should all pray for her and her family.

    • Dave

      Well maybe they should state ,womans Dodge Caravan LE (Luxury edition) van falls on her while changing flat tire. The details sound as though she was maybe side swiped and van fell on her. I put the luxury edition in there to annoy .. (GET IT) We really dont need to know if it was a SUV either.. The people who wrtite these articles decieive the readers just like sugestive selling. Do you want to try two apple pies for a dollar today..

  • Dave

    write these articles ..

  • Dave

    deceive to

  • Jim Rockford

    Read the damn owners manual people, they tell you how to do a simple task, far as I’m concerned she has learned something the hard way. take the damn tire out of the spare location BEFORE you jack up the car you idiots, its pretty common sense.

    • Cheryl W.

      SHE DIED!! She was my sister!! It was an accident! She was a mother to 4 kids ranging from 27- 10 years old. You people are idiots for saying stuff like this and not knowing the whole story!! She was a strong woman and wanted to do it herself. It was a barrowed van. She took the flat off before she found the spare. bad mistake. We all make mistakes some worse than others. She was a donor and she lives on. For all you with the smart a– comments I hope you never have to go through the sad heart wrenching week and half that our family had to go through! I’m just glad I have the family and friends I do. Life goes on… Love you Wendy Sue!!!!

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