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Wright County News

Monday, August 21, 2017


Four Injured in Two Weekend Traffic Crashes in Monticello 

Four people were injured in two separate rear-end type traffic crashes in Monticello over the weekend. The State Patrol reports that around 11:30 Saturday morning, two mini-vans collided on northbound Highway 25 near Kjellberg Court in Monticello. Officials say a Chrysler Town and Country van rear-ended a Dodge Caravan in the right lane of northbound traffic. Injured in the crash was the driver of the Town and Country, 40-year-old Victoria Edwards of Buffalo. She sustained minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment. A passenger in the Caravan that was rear-ended, 56-year-old Marisol Villavicencio of Monticello, and a 4-year-old girl, also of Monticello, both also sustained minor injuries that did not require transport. The driver of the Caravan, 57-year-old Vincent Villavicencio of Monticello, escaped injury. The Wright County Sheriff's Department, CentraCare Ambulance, and Monticello Towing assisted at the scene.

Sunday evening, a small SUV and a larger truck were involved in a rear-end crash on I-94, just east of Highway 25 in Monticello. The State Patrol says just after 6 PM, the truck was slowing for traffic in the eastbound lanes of the freeway, when the small SUV which was behind the truck, was unable to stop, and rear-ended the truck. The driver of the SUV, a 56-year-old woman from Indianapolis, Indiana, sustained minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment. A passenger in her vehicle, a 56-year-old man, also from Indianapolis, was not injured. The driver of the truck, a 70-year-old man from Hastings, and a passenger, a 72-year-old woman, also from Hastings, escaped injury. The Wright County Sheriff's Office assisted the State Patrol.

Two Injured in Sunday Evening Crash in Litchfield Township 

Two young women were injured in a Sunday evening traffic crash in Litchfield Township in neighboring Meeker County. The Minnesota State Patrol reports that just before 7 PM, a pickup truck that was westbound on Highway 12 near Highway 22, attempted to make a sudden u-turn in front of a passenger car that was also westbound, behind the truck. The car struck the driver side of the pickup. Injured in the crash was the driver of the truck, a 17-year-old girl, who was not named by the State Patrol. The driver of the passenger car was a 22-year-old woman from Calumet, Michigan. Both young women were taken to the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

MnDOT Partners With AAA Minnesota to Promote Safe Travel for Kids 

As Minnesota children prepare to head back to school, two organizations have joined efforts to enhance and encourage safe travel for children. Mn-DOT and Triple A Minnesota have created a new on-line resource. Triple-A Minnesota's Gail Weinholzer reminds motorists to be especially careful around school zones as the school season gets ready to begin. She says the new on-line effort is part of MnDOT's Minnesota Safe Routes to School program.

New Cokato Fire and Ambulance Barn Taking Shape 

Work continues on the new fire and ambulance barn in Cokato. The Dassel-Cokato Enterprise Dispatch reports that construction has been going smoothly through most of the spring and summer season. Officials say the project is on target for completion in early December, at which time the fire department and ambulance will move into the new building, which will be around 15 thousand square feet in size, giving the departments about three times more space than the current fire and ambulance building. 

These stories and more follow CNN and MNN network news in our Wright County News at 6:10, 7:10, &  8:10 AM and 12:10, 4:10, 5:10, & 6:10 PM on AM 1360 / KRWC.