The West Hennepin Public Safety Department responded to a head on crash at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, according to Officer Ben Raskin. The crash occurred on Highway 12 and Nelson Road in Independence.
Officers found two cars were involved and one vehicle was in the ditch rolled on its side.
Preliminary investigation shows that Novya Southern, 18, from Cudahy, Wis., was eastbound on Highway 12 when her vehicle crossed the center line into westbound traffic, striking a vehicle driven by Shannon Ross, 32, of Montrose.
Southern stated she and her passenger, Udalius McCloud, 32, of Milwaukee, Wis., were headed back to Milwaukee from South Dakota and she had fallen asleep while at the wheel. McCloud stated he did not know what happened as he had been dozing off.
Ross stated he was heading home, westbound on Highway 12 when the van crossed the centerline and came right at him. Ross said that he pulled over to the right and that it would have been a head on if he hadn’t.
Southern’s vehicle ended up in the ditch on its side and was towed along with Ross’s vehicle that the front wheel had broken off.
Southern was injured on the face and hand. McCloud had lacerations on his face and hands. Both were transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Southern was issued a citation for drive with due care, no proof of vehicle insurance and driving in Minnesota with suspended license.
“Airbags and seatbelts were deployed and in the vehicles which aided in protecting the occupants from more severe injury,” said Sgt. Gary Kroells of the West Hennepin Public Safety Department.
West Hennepin Public Safety was assisted by Officers from Medina and the Delano Fire Department.