State trooper pinned, driver injured in sickening head-on crash

The incident happened on a frontage road beside I-35 in Lakeville.
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UPDATE 7:10 P.M. 

Minnesota State Patrol officials released an update on the conditions of the trooper and the individual involved in the crash, saying both the trooper and the driver of the car that hit the trooper's Ford Explorer head-on suffered serious injuries. 

The statement says a Chrysler 200 driven by a 29-year-old Lakeville man was driving at a high rate of speed on I-35 northbound when he veered off the road, went through a freeway fence and hit the the trooper, identified as Sgt. Mike Krukowski, 35, of Oakdale, head-on. 

A State Patrol squad (Ford Explorer) was traveling southbound on Kenrick Ave. near 205th St. A 2012 Chrysler 200 was traveling northbound on I-35 in the right lane.

The Chrysler was reported to be driving at a high rate of speed on I-35 when it veered off the road to the right, went through the freeway fence and struck the trooper’s vehicle head-on.

Krukowski was wearing his seatbelt while it's unclear if the Lakeville man was belted in. 

An investigation into what caused the crash and whether alcohol was involved is ongoing. 

Original story

A state trooper was pinned in his squad car after a sickening head-on crash in Lakeville that has left the other driver seriously injured.

The incident happened on Kenrick Avenue – a frontage road beside I-35 – and 205th Street.

The State Patrol said the trooper was pinned in his vehicle, but was alert as he was extricated and was later assessed in an ambulance.


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The driver of the other vehicle is more seriously hurt, and was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital.

The crash has caused massive backups on I-35.

Pictures shared by KSTP showed the severe damage caused to the squad car.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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