The West Hennepin Public Safety Department responded to a personal injury crash at 3:40 p.m. Thursday June 6, at the intersection of County Road 92N and Highway 12 in the city of Independence.
Director Ray McCoy found that three cars were involved, the roadway was partially blocked and traffic was diverted for approximately an hour and half.
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2003 Mazda driven by Timothy Michael Klein, 25, from Alexandria crossed over the center line to pass in a no passing zone and struck a west bound car driven by Casey Lynn-Marlene O’Connor, 29, from Buffalo. Klein’s car struck a second westbound vehicle driven by Brent Gregory Terning, 33, from Dassel. A third westbound car took evasive action and went down into the ditch to avoid Klein’s vehicle.
Minor injuries to the drivers, all refused transportation to the hospital. Several witnesses gave statements of this crash.
Klein was arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics, gross misdemeanor false info to police officer and four outstanding warrants. O’Connor was arrested for driving after cancellation.
“Airbags and seatbelts played a major safety role in this crash. All the drivers and passenger were wearing their seatbelts and airbags in the vehicles aided in protecting the occupants from more severe injury.” Director Ray McCoy of the West Hennepin Public Safety Department said, “Without the use of seatbelt and the air bags in the vehicles involved in this crash, I am certain there would have been more critical injuries and probably a fatality.”
Several agencies responded to the crash including Officers from Minnetrista and Orono Police Departments, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Waconia Ambulance and the Maple Plain Fire Rescue and Delano Fire Rescue Departments.
Director advised there were two other crashes on Highway 12, on the same day, June 6. One of those crashes occurred at Highway 12 and Nelson Road and another crash was near Valley Road and Highway 12. Director McCoy encourages everyone to be attentive to their driving. Preliminary investigation shows that inattentive driving contributed to the crashes.