Public safety briefs: SUV driver in fatal crash crossed centerline

  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 8:37 PM


SUV driver in fatal crash crossed the centerline

An SUV strayed into the oncoming lane and struck a car in Andover, killing a man driving the smaller vehicle, according to authorities.

The crash occurred about 2:10 p.m. Monday along Round Lake Boulevard near 174th Avenue, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the man who died or of the woman driving the SUV.

The SUV was heading north on Round Lake Boulevard, crossed the centerline of the two-lane road and hit the car head-on, the Sheriff’s Office added.

The man was dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids with unknown injuries.

Paul Walsh


Pine County

Lightning strike kills man in puddle under tree

A 53-year-old man in Sturgeon Lake was killed Monday night after he was struck by lightning as he stood in a puddle under a tree, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement officers and first responders were called about 7:35 p.m. Monday to an address on Alder Loop in Sturgeon Lake, which is about 50 miles south of Duluth. The caller said that a man had been struck by lightning and CPR was in progress.

The victim, who has not been identified pending the notification of relatives, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, where he died from his injuries.

Further investigation showed that the man had been standing in a large puddle of water near a tree when he and the tree were struck by lightning. Thunderstorms had started rolling through the area about 6 p.m. Monday.

There have been 238 fatalities in the United States from lightning from 2006 to 2012, according to a recent study by the National Weather Service.

Jim Anderson


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