MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three people were killed in three separate crashes on wet and icy roads on Monday.
The first report of a fatal crash was at 2:00 p.m., when a rollover occurred on northbound Highway 7 in Big Stone County in western Minnesota. A Mercury Grand Marquis went off the road and into a southbound ditch, and then rolled down a steep hill, eventually coming to a rest with the passenger side on the ground.
The driver, 85-year-old Donavan Tesch of Clinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Big Stone County Sheriff’s office says roads were wet at the time of the accident.
The State Patrol says the second fatal crash happened around 2:50 p.m., when a tractor jackknifed on eastbound I-94 near HWY 23, crossing the median and coming to rest on the left westbound lane.
A Ford Taurus, traveling westbound, went in to a slide to avoid hitting the tractor, but ended up crashing in to it, driver’s-side first.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s office says the driver of the car was killed. The tractor’s driver, 67-year-old James Hall of Northfield, was not injured in the jackknifing and subsequent crash.
Traffic from HWY 15 to westbound 94 is closed as of 8:30 p.m. Monday night.
State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow says snow was a factor.