Deadly Saturday on MN roads: 3 die, several injured in 3 separate crashes


Three people died in three separate crashes Saturday, adding to an already deadly summer on Minnesota roads.

As of last week, there had been 240 traffic-related deaths in Minnesota, that's compared to 219 at the same time last year, the state's Toward Zero Deaths initiative notes.

Here's a look at the deadly incidents in the past few days.

1 dead, 8 injured in crash near Willmar

A 55-year-old driver from Venice, California, was killed and eight others were injured Saturday night when a car was broad-sided by a minivan at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 7, about 10 miles west of Willmar, according to the State Patrol incident report.

The car was heading south on County Road 7 when it was hit by the minivan, which was traveling westbound on Highway 12.

The driver's 46-year-old wife and daughter suffered non life threatening injuries in the crash. The five people in the minivan, which included an infant and a 6-year-old girl, also suffered noncritical injuries, the report says.

Motorcyclist dies in Cottage Grove

A motorcyclist traveling at a "high rate of speed" around a curve over a hillcrest lost control and rolled over Saturday night, the State Patrol incident report notes.

Neville Amundson, 58, died in the rollover on Highway 61 near Leeder Avenue. He was not wearing a helmet.

This was the latest rider fatality in what has proved to be a deadly summer for motorcyclists. As of Aug. 7, there had been 44 motorcycle fatalities on Minnesota roads since the first happened March 15, Department of Public Safety data show.

1 person dies in 4-car pile-up in Albertville

Four vehicles traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 in Albertville were involved in a rear-end collision as they approached slowing traffic, the State Patrol's report says.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near the exit to Albertville Premium Outlets.

A passenger in a Hyundai Elantra, identified as 38-year-old Erin Bateman, of Manitoba, Canada, was killed, while another passenger in the car – a 10-year-old girl – was seriously injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, the report notes.

Two other passengers in the Elantra suffered non life threatening injuries, the report notes. A passenger in one of the other cars also suffered a noncritical injury.

Of the eight people in the four cars, Bateman was the only one who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, the Star Tribune reports.

2 deaths in 12 hours on Highway 29

A 28-year-old Hutchinson man was killed after he was ejected from his Ford Explorer early Friday morning, the State Patrol's report says.

Rhett Peters was driving on Highway 29 near the border of Douglas and Pope counties when his vehicle rounded a corner and went off the road into a ditch, then crossed another road before coming back onto the highway, when it rolled over and ejected the driver.

Just 12 hours before that, Christopher Kozar, 44, of Excelsior was killed in a one-car accident on the same highway, the West Central Tribune says.

Kozar was traveling southbound on Highway 29 when he went off the road, hit an approach and vaulted into the air. He was also ejected from the vehicle, the State Patrol's report notes.

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