Two men were transported to hospitals Tuesday, March 26, after sustaining injuries in a two-car crash on Highway 55 at its intersection with County Road 116 in Medina.
The two accident victims are Michael Van Dinh, 54, of Buffalo and Edward Nick Bovy, 82, of Minneapolis.
According to Medina Police Chief Ed Belland, the accident took place a 1:33 p.m. A car driven by Van Dinh was stopped at the stoplight in the east bound lane, when a van driven by Bovy rear-ended the car at highway speed. The impact knocked the car approximately 1,000 feet and into the west bound lane on the other side of the intersection. Eventually the car came to rest in front of the Dairy Queen restaurant.
Van Dinh’s car somehow missed being struck by vehicles traveling in the west bound lane after it was pushed across the median. “We were lucky it (Van Dinh’s car) wasn’t hit head-on,” Belland said.
A helicopter ambulance landed at the Highway 55/County Road 116 intersection, but it left without either accident victim. Instead they were transported to the hospital by ambulance, Belland said. Emergency personnel were able to clear the accident scene in about 56 minutes, thus enabling normal traffic flow to resume. Both the Loretto and Hamel Fire Departments were at the scene, along with Medina Police.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident. One question is whether the stoplight was red or green when the accident occurred.