A man standing outside a pickup truck after it crashed early Wednesday on an icy Hopkins highway was hit by five passing vehicles and critically injured, authorities said.
The incident occurred about 4:50 a.m. on southbound Hwy. 169 near Excelsior Boulevard, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The patrol identified the victim as 61-year-old Richard Dibble, of Crystal. Dibble was taken by ambulance to HCMC with life-threatening injuries, where he was listed in critical condition.
According to the patrol, Dibble hit an overpass reinforcement, and his pickup came to rest on the right shoulder.
Dibble got out of his vehicle and was hit by a passing car that slid on the icy pavement, sending him into the left lane. Four more vehicles then hit him.
Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said motorists with a disabled vehicle should “try to get … to the shoulder if able to do so. Call 911 and stay in your vehicle. Keep your seat belt on in case you are hit by another vehicle.”