Driver rolls minivan, lands in Eagan pond and dies

  • Article by: JOY POWELL
  • Updated: October 25, 2013 - 10:20 PM

Authorities are trying to figure out whether a medical problem could have caused the driver to lose control.

 

A 58-year-old man was killed early Friday after losing control of his minivan, going airborne and landing upside down in a holding pond in Eagan.

The man’s name was not released Friday night, pending notification of his family.

There were no witnesses to the crash, which was reported at 7:33 a.m.

An investigation by Eagan police and sheriff’s investigators shows that the driver had been eastbound on Clubview Drive, approaching Lexington Avenue, when he lost control and his van landed upside down in the collection pond near the intersection, according to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

Eagan firefighters removed the man, who was alone. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tim Leslie said it’s unclear why the man lost control; one possibility authorities are considering is that he may have suffered a medical problem.

“It doesn’t appear there’s any foul play, but we’re going to make sure,” Leslie said.

Leslie said it appears the driver crossed a lane of traffic, hit a retaining wall, went airborne and broke through a fence into an area where water collects, about 10 feet below street level.

At some point, the car rolled.

“The whole car went into the pond, upside down, into about 2 to 4 feet of water,” Leslie said.

 

Joy Powell • 612-673-7750

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