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State trooper involved in head-on crash credits seatbelt for saving his life

The driver of the vehicle that hit the state trooper died.

For the first time since being involved in a head-on collision in Lakeville, Sgt. Mike Krukowski of the Minnesota State Patrol saw what's left of the vehicle his was in.  

"There could have been a very different outcome," Sgt. Krukowski said of the May 15 crash." 

Krukowski suffered a broken arm and broken bones in both feet after a Chrysler being driven at a high rate of speed crashed through a freeway fence and hit his Ford Explorer head-on, leaving him pinned inside on a service road adjacent to the freeway. 

"I'm in the recovery process and taking everything one step at a time," Sgt. Krukowski said. 

Krukowski's wife, Crissy, said the only thing that kept her husband alive was the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt. 

The driver of the Chrysler, 29-year-old man Wesley Briggs of Lakeville, was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and died a week later. It is unclear if Briggs was wearing a seatbelt. 

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Since 2013, 443 unbelted motorists have died on Minnesota roads. 

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