Skip to main content

Car hits unsecured wooden crate in highway, seriously injuring passenger

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A crate being hauled by a car on I-35 in Forest Lake came loose and entered the roadway, causing a serious crash – and authorities want to find the driver.

The State Patrol says the wooden crate was in the northbound lane shortly before midnight Sunday. It was hit by a Chevy Impala driving on the highway at the time.

A 20-year-old passenger from St. Paul was seriously injured in the head-on collision and was taken to North Memorial Hospital. He was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not detected.

The driver of the Impala didn't appear to be injured.

And now the State Patrol is asking for the public's help.

In a Facebook post (which you can see above), the agency says it's trying to locate the car that had been hauling the wooden crate that caused the crash. They don't have a description of the possible vehicle, but are asking anyone with information to call 651-779-5900.

Unsecured loads

Minnesotans just recently got a warning about "unsecured loads" - that is, things that are being hauled by a vehicle but aren't properly in place. Meaning they can fly off and cause serious, sometimes even deadly, crashes.

Think of this: If you’re traveling at 55 mph and a 20-pound object flies off a vehicle, it hits with an impact of half a ton, the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

And it happens quite frequently. A U.S. Government Accountability Office study shows every year there are 51,000 incidents involving unsecured loads on non-commercial vehicles, causing 10,000 injuries and 440 deaths nationwide.

It’s the law in Minnesota to secure any load on a vehicle or trailer. In the past five years (from June 1, 2011 to June 2, 2016), the Minnesota State Patrol has issued 1,673 citations and 9,331 warnings to non-commercial vehicles for unsecured loads. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 4.48.45 PM

Bloomington PD announce what's likely 'largest fentanyl bust in Midwest'

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Sept. 27

This week's report represents data collected Sept. 21-27.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 2.56.10 PM

MN health officials warn of potential for measles outbreak amid rise in cases

A recent case among a child with no travel history is prompting heightened concern.

skid steer

Four-year-old boy dies in accident on western Wisconsin farm

The boy was struck by a skid steer, according to police.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 2.41.51 PM

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge hits the market for $6M

The restaurant will remain open while the property is on the market.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 12.27.48 PM

Apartments, brewery proposed for site of former Minneapolis lumberyard

The developer is proposing two buildings connected via skyway.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 1.27.38 PM

'Exceptionally rare' meteorite impact crater found in the Twin Cities metro

Had it struck in today's world, much of the Twin Cities would've been wiped out.

Grand Old Day

Organizers seeking ideas for 'reimagining' of Grand Old Day

A task force is set to begin meeting next month to reimagine the event.


Eveleth man gets 11 years for selling woman fentanyl that led to fatal OD

Torisa Sulvoris Wallace, 39, was sentenced to 134 months in prison in U.S. District Court in Virginia Thursday.