Tricounty News

Deputy injured while attending car crash

Friday morning, Feb. 3, at 4:30 a.m. Stearns County Sheriff's Communications Center received several reports of a crash with injuries on I-94 near mile marker 156 in Avon Township involving several cars. The Minnesota State Patrol was notified and responded to the scene along with at least one Stearns County deputy. During the accident investigation, an eastbound semi tractor/trailer lost control and struck the Stearns County patrol car while it was parked on the shoulder of the road with its emergency lights activated. A Stearns County deputy was seated in the car at the time of the ctash and was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he was treated and released.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating both the original accident and the accident involving the Stearns County patrol car. The Avon Fire and Rescue Squad assisted at the scene as did Gold Cross Ambulance and the St. Joseph Police Department.