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Driver Walks Away with Minor Injuries After Crash with Semi

March 15, 2019 06:01 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A dramatic crash between a semi and a car in downtown Chatfield shut down a portion Highway 52 for an hour Friday afternoon.

Minnesota State Patrol said the car was traveling west on Highway 30 when its brakes malfunctioned and collided with the freightliner heading south on Highway 52.

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The car lodged underneath the semi and was dragged for about 40 yards before it came to a stop.

A witness on scene said the 21-year-old driver was able to get out of his vehicle without any help, only complaining about a sore leg.

Sgt. Troy Christianson said despite the damage to the front of the car, low speeds are to thank for the minimal injuries. 
“It’s fortunate. You know, this is a low-speed impact, so these types of speeds, it’s fortunate it was not at a higher rate of speed because there would have been significantly more damage, and the car would’ve been dragged a lot farther than which it was,” Sgt. Christianson said.

The driver of the car was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries and the semi driver was uninjured.

Officials say both drivers were wearing their seat belts and that the investigation is ongoing.

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Multiple emergency crews responded to a semi-truck versus vehicle crash on Highway 52 and County Road 5 in Chatfield Friday afternoon.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol deputy, the vehicle driver complained of leg pain and is being taken to the hospital for evaluation but otherwise appears to be OK.

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