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Man Seriously Injured In Chain Reaction Construction Zone Crash


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A chain reaction accident on June 19 left a man from Balaton, Minnesota in critical condition.

According to Minnesota State Patrol, 47-year-old Lonny Johnson required air transport to St. Cloud Hospital for the personal injuries he sustained to his face after his 2000 International semitrailer rear-ended a stopped 1998 International semitrailer at approximately noon on the day of the crash.

The accident resulted in a chain-reaction with a 1995 Ford Windstar and a 2005 Mazda Station Wagon and required that the highway be closed for several hours.

The State Patrol said that drivers were being stopped on the road by construction flaggers. The 1998 semitrailer, driven by 49-year-old Eden Valley, Minnesota resident William Ruhland, was stopped in the westbound lanes when it was struck by Johnson and caused his trailer to disconnect. Ruhland sustained minor personal injuries in the crash.

The Mazda Driver, 28-year-old Emeryville, California resident Adam Dennis, received transport to Rice Memorial hospital for the personal injuries he sustained and was later released.

The Windstar’s driver, 31-year-old Minneapolis, Minnesota resident Mohamed Esse, was uninjured.



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