Two injured in Hwy. 87 crash
POLK COUNTY - A three-vehicle accident at approximately 11:39 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, on Hwy. 87 in Eureka sent two people to the hospital.
No life-threatending injuries were involved. Speed and driver inexperience appear to be factors in the crash.
According to Sheriff Pete Johnson, a car driven by a 17-year-old male was southbound on 87 at what is believed to be a high rate of speed. It appears he attempted to pass a car on the right and lost control, crossing over the center line and striking a commercial truck (local delivery-type straight truck) head on.
The driver of the car was airlifted to a Minnesota hospital from the scene. The male truck driver had to be extricated and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The crash occurred on 87 just south of 210th Ave., right in Eureka.
The crash remains under investigation. More information is expected to be released Friday. Watch the Leader's Web site for any updates.
Vehicle #1 - 1995 white Mercury Grand Marquis driven by John Lowe, 59, New Richmond was southbound on HWY 87 in Eureka (210th Avenue). As he approached 210th Ave., vehicle #2, a white 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier being driven by Michael Darnell, 17, Cushing, was being driven at a high rate of speed was also southbound and attempted to pass vehicle #1 on the right. As vehicle #2 drove onto the gravel shoulder, he lost control of the vehicle. Unit #2 crossed over the center line and struck vehicle #3 which was northbound, head on. Vehicle #3 is a white 2008 Ford panel truck owned by Allina Health Systems being driven by Jonathan Bone, 46,
Stanchfield, MN. Vehicle #3 rolled onto it's side and came to rest in the east ditch. The other two vehicles came to rest on the highway. As the crash occurred vehicle #1 drove through the debris field causing damage to that vehicle.
Vehicle #1 had unknown damage and was towed from scene.