Police are trying to determine if prescription medication played a role in a head-on crash that injured a 16-year-old girl Thursday night.
According to a release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 800 block of 35th St. NE. – north of St. Cloud – around 9:30 p.m., and on arrival they found a Mazda pickup and a Saturn coupe, both having sustained significant front-end damage.
The truck was facing eastbound in the westbound lane and the Saturn was halfway in the ditch, and the drivers of both vehicles needed to be extricated from their vehicles before being transported to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries.
Authorities believe a 57-year-old Sartell man driving the truck eastbound and crossed the center line and hit the westbound Saturn head on, seriously injuring a 16-year-old girl from Rice.
Cellphones from both drivers have been taken to find out if distraction played a role in the crash, and a search warrant was obtained to take a blood sample from the Sartell man to determine if he was impaired.
The release notes several prescription medications were found in his pickup.
The investigation is ongoing and no further updates are available at this time.