A multiple vehicle accident on Radisson Road in Blaine seriously injured five out of seven people involved in a Thursday afternoon crash.
The accident involved three vehicles. It occurred around 2:30 p.m. said Capt. Kerry Fenner with the Blaine Police Department.
“There’s a long S-curve in there,” Fenner said. “It’s a divided road with two lanes and a median.”
The accident location was about a quarter-mile south of Tournament Player Parkway on Radisson Road, Fenner said. The accident was in the northbound lane.
“In that particular area, the speed limit is 50 miles per hour,” Fenner said.
One vehicle was a Mercury Cougar, one was a Nissan Armada, a full-size SUV, and the third vehicle was a Chevrolet Equinox, a smaller SUV crossover, Fenner said.
A witness told Blaine police officers that the Mercury Cougar was southbound on Radisson Road and at some point crossed over the median into the northbound lane, where it was struck by the full-sized SUV and struck a second time by the smaller SUV, Fenner said
“Everybody was transported by air ambulance or regular ambulance,” Fenner said. Two people had minor injuries and five were seriously injured as a result of the accident.
Vehicles were being towed from the scene around 5 p.m., Fenner said.
The Minnesota State Patrol, Blaine Police and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) were also dispatched, Fenner said.
An accident reconstruction team will work to determine the cause of the accident, Fenner said.
Early Thursday evening Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson released the following crash details:
The driver and lone occupant of the Nissan Armada, an adult female from Oak Grove, was
transported to Unity Hospital from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.
She was believed to have been wearing her seatbelt. Additionally, the driver and lone occupant of the Chevrolet Equinox, an adult female from Ham Lake, was transported to St. John’s Hospital from the scene with non-life threatening injuries and was also believed to have been wearing her seatbelt.
The occupants of the Mercury Cougar include the driver, an adult female from Coon Rapids; the front passenger, an adult female from Blaine and three rear passengers, two juvenile males from Blaine, and an adult female from Coon Rapids. It has not yet been determined whether any of the Mercury Cougar occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
Extrication was necessary to remove some of the occupants of the Mercury Cougar.
It is believed all occupants of the Mercury Cougar were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, all with serious injuries. The driver of the Mercury Cougar was transported by North Memorial Air Care.
According to Olson, the initial investigation indicates the Mercury Cougar was southbound Radisson Road, traveling south of Tournament Players Parkway. It crossed over the center median and struck the northbound Nissan Armada head-on.
The Chevrolet Equinox, which was behind the Nissan Armada and also traveling northbound on Radisson Road, struck the driver’s side of the Nissan Armada.
According to Olson, initial witness information is that the Mercury Cougar was traveling at a high-rate of speed.
It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash, Olson reported.
The names of individuals involved are being withheld pending notification of family.
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