RICE, Minn. (WCCO) — A Rogers, Minn. man is in critical condition after a crash on Highway 10 in Rice, Minn.

The accident happened on Highway 10 at County Road 2 around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Minnesota State Patrol said a semi was headed northbound on Highway 10 and was stopped at a red light when it was rear-ended by the driver of a Chevrolet van.

The driver of the van, Scott Olson, 60, of Rogers, was critically injured. Olson was flown to North Memorial Medical Center, the patrol said.

The driver of the semi and a passenger in the semi were not injured.

Comments (22)
  1. Sam I am says:

    Watch them blame the semi anyway.

    1. hoover says:

      Was it really necessarily to make that comment Sam I am?

  2. Jason says:

    Yes they probably will find a way to blame the driver of the semi, it’s a very common practice and people like Hoover could care less because they are too busy looking at truck drivers as second class citizens.

    1. Chris says:

      At the same time, truck drivers need to do the same… Not all of them are as responsible and safe as you say… I witnessessed several going 60+ on pure ice on Hwy 10 on Monday… They absolutely scared me as they will take somebody with them if they wipe-out. Everyone needs to be safer and conscientious or more innocent people will die.

      1. Jason says:

        Wow, I never made any statements about responsibility and safety, so I guess you were just grasping at straws with that one. I was also on Highway 10 on Monday and it wasn’t pure ice and the posted speed limit is 65mph. before you make some reply stating how dangerous I was supposedly being, I was out there plowing the roads . The point is that you were scared, this does not indicate that they were being unsafe.

  3. Richard Wilson says:

    The last thing the guy in the van texted was Holy Shi………..

    1. Chris says:

      Jason, I was on this exact piece of road (Rice to SC) driving a 4X4 truck, manage a trucking company, and stand by what I said! It was icy and people (including a couple semi-drivers) were driving too fast… I am promoting more responsibility and safety, so how can you be critical of that?!

      1. Jason says:

        I’m not being critical of promoting safety, what I was pointing out is how can you decide they were driving too fast…….what speed were you driving at?

  4. Richard Wilson says:

    By the way how is the guy in the semi? Does anybody besides me, Jason, And Sam, hope that the INNOCENT VICTIM, the Semi Driver is ok?

    1. Chris says:

      The last sentence in the article states that “the semi and a passenger in the semi were not injured.”

  5. Bee says:

    How many people will die or be critically injured before people change their driving habit. A semi is a very large piece of equiptment out on the road. I am not saying that all accidents arre from not paying attention, but it sure seems like it has been lately. Drivers…or I should say most drivers, have to take many hours of training to be able to do the job. It takes people who are out driving, not paying attention to their surroundings that make it hard for the rest of us to feel sorry for them. Yes I am sorry there was an accident. But you see my husband was doing his job, when a lady crossed the center line. He had no place to go, he kept his loaded truck and trailor on the road, He blew his horn, hit the brakes, got over as far as he could with out hitting the ditch. She just kept coming. She ended up hitting him in the trailor so hard it stopped him and flipped him over. Causeing the trailor to lose an axel set of tires. You see my husband had been driving a truck for over 13 years with not so much as one DOT mishap. Perfect record. Perfect job. But that day changed everything. State patrol later told us that the other driver had suffered a heart attack before she even hit him. There is not a day goes by that my husband does not ask him self “What could I have done different?” He has been told “Nothing.” By everyone, but he has to live with it for the rest of his life knowing that it happened to him. He has not recovered from his injuries, mentally and physically.

  6. Bee says:

    I feel terrible for the driver, and hope he recovers from this. Of course, there will be a DOT investigation into all of it. Hopefully, his truck was up to code. I hope he knows he was doing nothing but his job. Talk to as many people as you can about it. Make sure to take care of himself, and his family. Because the news of the accident was just as hard on them as it was to you.

  7. hwy23west says:

    Best wishes to Scott

  8. Donna Watkins says:

    How is it even possible that an article like this attracts people who just want to make childish/ghoulish comments? This man is dying and you sickos want to make cheap jokes and argue? Sad.

    1. Jason says:

      Ghoulish comments? Childish Comments? That’s almost comical in itself Donna. If you think that professional drivers are going to sit back and paint a pretty picture for all to see then you are living in a different reality. It has gotten to the point that we don’t care if we have to be brutally honest and blunt, if it will scare people into paying attention while they are driving and save someones life then so be it. Ignoring the facts and the problem of distracted driving would be the childish thing to do!!!!

      1. Chris says:

        Jason, You sure sound like you are making the same point that I was making and you blasted it… How does that work?

    2. Scott's sister says:

      Thank you Donna, I am a family member of Scott’s. I’m in tears right now as I read the statements from other people. I guess live a sheltered life, not realizing how insensitive some people can be. I will continue to pray for my brother’s life, and the driver and passenger of the semi. I will also pray for all the insensitive people who have commented, may this never happen to someone they love.

  9. Nick says:

    Professional drivers Jason? Next time you feel the need to get all high and mighty perhaps you should get your facts straight. Scott, the person who hit the semi, is also a professional driver. Show some tact, he’s fighting for his life while you sit back and pound away at the keyboard in an attempt to make yourself feel all warm and fuzzy.

    1. Jason says:

      Never once did I get high and mighty, if you read what I wrote instead of what you THINK I wrote then you might begin to understand…..I will quote it for you to make it easier to comprehend “It has gotten to the point that we don’t care if we have to be brutally honest and blunt, if it will scare people into paying attention while they are driving and save someones life then so be it. Ignoring the facts and the problem of distracted driving would be the childish thing to do!!!!”………..I have peeled people out of cars at numerous wrecks across the country and there is nothing warm and fuzzy about it. This is reality and sometimes it has to be cold and hard to get people to actually take notice. I never once wished him ill will or that he die or anything remotely close to it, so how about you try to get your facts straight.

  10. Joseph says:

    Richard Wilson, How can you even sit there and type such a disrepectful and inconsiderate comment about a stupid texting while driving joke. Have a freaking heart and consider Scott’s family as they deal with their father, husband, brother, grandpa fighting for his life while you sit there and make stuipid jokes. i have worked with Scott and find you to be so unbelievably harsh to post such garbage on here about him. I am glad that the semi driver and his passenger are both ok and I thank God for that, however until all the facts are known as to what truly was the cause of this terrible accident I hope yourself, Jason, and Chris can look at how immature you are all being to try and go on about something you have no idea of all the facts involved

    1. Jason says:

      I’m being immature by stating a fact……..90% of all truck related accidents are initially blamed on the driver of the semi until a complete investigation is completed, the papers are all over it and then if it happens that the semi driver was not at fault there are no public retractions, etc. I never once said that Scott was acting the part of a fool or anything close to it, so I used the term distracted driving, which can encompass many different things, even unexpected things that can happen inside a vehicle. Once again I will state for you what I had to do for another I NEVER wished him any ill will or that he may die from this accident, I am working hard everyday to reduce crashes involving commercial vehicles and trying to get everyday drivers educated on being around trucks. If you want the comments here to all look like a Hallmark card then you need to step into reality because the reality is more people than just Scott are involved in this kind of stuff, but I guess that your need for sympathy for your friend outweighs the need to get the rest of the public to undertsand the dangers, please go on ignoring things and then you can smile big when someone else is hurt or killed.

  11. Caring Driver says:

    I passed by this accident and saw the van this man was driving in. No matter the cause of the accident, it is a miracle he is still alive. Prayers go out to his loved ones and friends. I pray he pulls through this.

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