RV driver killed in collision with MnDOT truck


A 63-year-old White Bear Lake man was killed when the RV he was driving crashed into a stationary Minnesota Department of Transportation truck Thursday afternoon, according to the State Patrol.

Leo Delonais was behind the wheel of an RV going westbound on Highway 10 just outside of Anoka shortly before 2 p.m. A MnDOT truck – one of three on the scene – was set up on the shoulder in order to do work.

When passing, the RV swerved into the third truck, the State Patrol says, killing Delonais. One passenger, 82-year-old Mary O'Connor, was also in the RV at the time. The 82-year-old suffered a serious injury, according to the State Patrol.

The driver of the MnDOT truck, 58-year-old Gene Schimmele of Baxter, suffered non-life threatening injuries. KSTP reports he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

In June, FOX 9 reported two MnDOT workers were injured when their truck was hit by a car traveling on Interstate 35W. The station said the two men were putting down cones in preparation for lane closures and construction work. One worker – Ronald McDeis, a 43-year-old from Champlin – was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition.

Minnesota does have a "Move over" law, named after state trooper Ted Foss, who was killed while on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona in 2000. The law requires vehicles traveling on a highway with two or more lanes to move at least one full lane away from any stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights – tat includes ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance and construction vehicles.

If the highway is only one lane in that direction, the driver must slow down.

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