Three people died Wednesday and Thursday in crashes on Minnesota roads.
A husband and wife from Spicer, Minn., were killed Wednesday night in Kandiyohi County when they were struck by a vehicle as they stood on a highway median assessing damage to their vehicle that had just been involved in a crash, according to the State Patrol.
And just before noon Thursday, a man was killed in a broadside crash on Hwy. 63 in southeastern Minnesota.
The Spicer couple, whose names have not been released, were headed west on North Shore Drive about 7:30 p.m. when they collided with a Chevrolet Impala heading north on Hwy. 23, near New London.
A male passenger in the Volvo had gotten out of his disabled vehicle and was talking with the driver of the Impala when a third vehicle came upon the scene. That vehicle, traveling north on Hwy. 23, struck the Volvo, killing the man, 70, and his 71-year-old wife, the patrol said.
Both died at the scene, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson. “It was a horrible scene,” she said.
The driver of the Impala, identified as Shelby Davis, 22, of Willmar, Minn., was not injured. The driver of the vehicle that struck the Volvo, Kevin Henslin, 54, of Champlin, suffered noncritical injuries.
While it’s a natural instinct to get out of a vehicle after a crash, it’s safer to remain in a vehicle until police arrive, Nielson said. “At least you have a barrier around you,” she said. “You really can’t trust traffic. You need to use an abundance of caution [at crash scenes].”
On Thursday just before noon, a 56-year-old man from Racine, Minn., was killed in a broadside crash on Hwy. 63 in southeastern Minnesota.
He was driving north on the highway just south of Stewartville when his Chevy pickup collided with a northbound semi. The man, who has yet to be identified, died at the scene. He was wearing his seat belt.
It remains unclear who was at fault in the crash. The semi driver, a 40-year-old Winnipeg man, was not injured.