Motor home accident injures, kills members of large family

A large extended family of 18 relatives became victims of a tragic auto accident over the weekend after the 17 year-old driver of the motor home lost control and crashed into a ravine in Kansas. The family was on their way back home to Jordan, Minnesota after spending spring break in Texas.

Five family members were killed in the crash, ranging in age from ten to 25 years-old, and 13 others were seriously injured. According to authorities, none of the deceased were wearing their seatbelts.

Investigators have not been able to determine the exact cause for the crash. The teenage driver, who remains in critical condition, had the proper license to operate the motor home and family friends say he was an experienced driver.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those affected by this terrible accident.



Motorcyclist critically injured in accident

A 56 year-old man is in critical condition after he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle in Goodview Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred on Highway 61 and Frank Street as the motorcyclist was crossing the street.

Half a dozen agencies responded to the accident. A helicopter landed on the soccer field of Michael LaCanne Memorial Park and to take the Minnesota City man to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

The driver of the car, a 59 year-old man from Wabasha, suffered minor injuries from the accident. His three passengers, including two children, were not hurt. It is not clear at this time who is at fault.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the auto accident attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates at 612-334-3444 today.



Florida car pileup claims 10 lives

A massive car pileup in Gainesville, Florida over the weekend sent 18 people to the hospital and claimed the lives of 10 people.

The accident happened around 3 am Sunday morning on Interstate 75. Dense fog in the area and smoke from nearby brush fires lowered visibility significantly. Florida Highway Patrol shut down a stretch of the interstate due to the dangerously low levels of visibility for several hours.

Less than a quarter hour after reopening the highway, at least a dozen cars, six tractor-trailers, and a motor home collided. Witnesses recall seeing cars struck multiple times, cars wedged under the tractor-trailers, and cars bursting into flames. It was so difficult to see that rescue crews could only find victims by following the sounds of their screams.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those affected by the accident.



Four injured in Interstate 94 crash

Four people were hurt Sunday morning after a car lost control on an icy highway ramp on Interstate 94 near Moorhead.

According to State Patrol, a 20 year-old female driver was entering Interstate 94 from Highway 336 when she lost control of her vehicle and ran into the rear tires of a semi truck. Her injuries were not life threatening.

Three passengers in her car, ranging in age from 11 to 19 years-old, were also injured. Two girls suffered non-life threatening injuries and another girl’s was classified as minor. The 38 year-old driver of the semi truck and his 29 year-old passenger did not appear to be hurt.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, the Minnesota auto accident attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates contact our offices today at 612-334-3444.



NTSB wants all cellphones banned in cars

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced its recommendation to ban all cellphone use while driving, including hands-free devices. The only exception to this ban would be for GPS systems and other driving aid equipment.

The NTSB cites the series of fatal car accidents this year caused by distracted drivers talking or texting on their phones as the source for this proposed nationwide ban. Earlier this year, a Missouri teen caused a multi car pile up that killed two people after sending or receiving 11 text messages in 11 minutes.

Although the NTSB does not have the power to enforce this proposed ban, state and congressional lawmakers as well as federal regulators take the board’s recommendations seriously.

If you or someone you love has been injured or worse by a driver distracted by his or her phone, contact the Minnesota auto accident attorneys of Robert Wilson & Associates by calling 612-334-3444.



Bad weather caused two fatal accidents

Two different car accidents have claimed two lives today as thick fog, icy roads, and freezing rain plague most of northeastern Minnesota.

Early this morning around 5 am a 52 year-old man crashed in Saint Augusta after his truck skidded off the road and hit a tree. A witness tried to give the man CPR be rescuers pronounced him dead on the scene.

A second accident in Raymond killed a 46 year-old man when he rolled his car.

Eight children have suffered minor injuries after a semi-truck rammed into a school bus while it was making a right turn. The children mostly suffered cuts and bruises.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victims.



Man pleads guilty for fatal car accident

A 20 year-old man from Stillwater has plead guilty to causing a crash that killed a Minnesota National Guardsman in May 2010. He is charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the car accident. State troopers say the 20 year-old was driving erratically and swerving between traffic on Highway 61 when he caused a multi-car crash.

Since the fatal accident, the driver has been over two more times for exceeding the speed limit by at least 20 miles per hour. He is also facing charges of suspicion of drunk driving and underage drinking.



Four teenagers involved in deadly crash

A car carrying four teenagers was involved in a deadly car crash over the weekend in Madelia. The 16 year-old driver was on Highway 15 when he drifted over the center lane and struck an SUV head-on.

The driver of the SUV, a 65 year-old man, was killed. His wife, 59, was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and is in stable condition. All the passengers in the teen’s car suffered only minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

No charges have been brought against the young driver at this time. Minnesota State Patrol says it does not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.



Pro-boxer seriously injured in icy car accident

A 20 year-old boxer and his 21 year-old sister were involved in a serious car accident this weekend in a multi-car pile up on the icy Bronx Expressway.

The 20 year-old man was the winner of prestigious Golden Gloves Championship and narrowly missed a spot on the U.S. 2012 Olympic team. Both were thrown seventy-five feet from a overpass when a car started spinning out of control on the black ice and struck them.

His sister, who was also the mother of a young son, died on the way to the hospital. The man is currently in a coma and in intensive car. Relatives say they do not know if he will survive. Fourteen other people were injured in the nine-car pile up.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victims.



Fatal fiery collision on Highway 61

A fiery truck accident on Highway 61 has left one motorist dead. The driver of a Mini Cooper that was rear-ended by an SUV and then pushed into the path of a semi trailer has been pronounced dead. Last week around 1pm, the motorist in the Mini Cooper was slowing down to turn near Split Rock River when a tailgating SUV was unable to stop.

According to Minnesota State Patrol, the Mini Cooper swerved and crossed into the southbound lane. The small car and the semi trailer immediately burst in flames on impact. The 54 year-old truck driver was released from Lake View Memorial Hospital. The condition is unknown for the 54 year-old driver of the SUV. His 53 year-old passenger was treated and released from the hospital.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim of this tragic accident.



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