INDEPENDENCE, MN — One man is dead following a crash on the Highway 12 detour.
At about 2:49 p.m. Thursday, the West Hennepin Public Safety Department received a call of an injury crash on Hennepin County Road 6 just east of the intersection with County Road 90. At first the location was given at intersection with County Road 92 but was confirmed to be at 90. Initial report was a passenger car and a semi-truck hit head on and there were injuries.
Officers arrived on scene and found that the most severe injury was to the driver of the passenger car. The driver was the lone occupant and was unconscious. Officers immediately administered what first aid they could as the driver was trapped in the car and needed to be extricated. North Ambulance and Maple Plain Fire Department arrived on the scene, but the driver died as a result of his injuries at the scene.
The driver of the passenger car was a 38-year-old male from Montrose. He was traveling west on County Road 6 when his vehicle went off the road to the right. The car then swerved back to the left and into the path of the semi-truck that was traveling east. The vehicles collided head on in the east bound lane. The driver of the passenger car was killed. The driver of the semi-truck is a 59-year-old male from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He sustained minor back injuries. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The crash is still under investigation at this time and it is unknown what factors led to the crash. It is unknown if impairment or distraction were a factor.
The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting the West Hennepin Public Safety Department with the reconstruction of the crash.
Other agencies that assisted the West Hennepin Public Safety were the Medina Police Department, Orono Police Department, Minnetrista Police Department, Three Rivers Park Police, Maple Plain Fire Department, Mound Fire Department, North Ambulance, Hennepin County CSI Crime Lab, and MNDOT.
This portion of Hennepin County Road 6 is the designated detour for US Highway 12 by MN Department of Transportation (MNDOT) as Highway 12 is closed in the cities of Orono and Independence while the construction of safety and road improvements are done. The safety and road improvements include a center median cement barrier and widening the roadway from County Road 6 to County Road 29. It also includes the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 90 to eliminate a dangerous intersection. Highway 12 has been closed and detoured on County Road 6 since May of 2021 and is scheduled to reopen Friday, Sept. 17.