Highway 12 car crash injures two

A Sept. 3 car crash on Highway 12 in Independence injured two motorists and caused severe damage to their vehicles. (Photo courtesy of West Hennepin Public Safety)

A Sept. 3 car crash on Highway 12 in Independence injured two motorists and caused severe damage to their vehicles. (Photo courtesy of West Hennepin Public Safety)

Two motorists were injured in a car crash Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the area of Highway 12 and County Road 92 in Independence.

West Hennepin Public Safety responded to a report of a vehicle rear-end crash at approximately 11:40 a.m. Arriving officers found two vehicles involved. A white full-size van was in the middle of the intersection, facing west, with extreme front end damage, and a white Ford truck with extensive rear end damage was in the southwest corner of the intersection.

According to police, a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Arendt, 51, of Maple Plain, was stopped in the westbound lane of Highway 12, waiting to make a left hand turn to go south on County Road 92. A vehicle driven by Steven Maslowski, 25, of Maplewood, reportedly rear-ended Arendt’s vehicle.

Maslowski told police that he had looked down at some of his paperwork for a second. He did not see cars ahead of him going around a vehicle waiting to make a left-hand turn to go south on County Road 92. Maslowski’s van struck Arendt’s truck.

Front airbags in both vehicles deployed. Maslowski was wearing his seat belt and was able to walk from his vehicle to the roadside, according to police.

Both drivers were injured. Arendt had neck and back injuries, and his wife transported him to a hospital. Maslowski had leg pain, pain in both arms and dizziness. North Ambulance transported him to North Memorial Hospital.

Both vehicles had extensive damage, could not be driven and were towed from the scene. Charges are pending for Maslowski as a result of this crash.

West Hennepin Public Safety Director Ray McCoy said, “This crash is a very good example of why it is so important to wear seat belts. The proper use of seat belts prevented serious injury or death.”

The Medina Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance assisted West Hennepin Public Safety. The Maple Plain Fire Department aided with assisting injured drivers and diverting traffic on Highway 12 for approximately one hour.

Compiled by Susan Van Cleaf, susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

 

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