Injuries reported in multi-vehicle crash in Cambridge

Rachel Kytonen

A three-vehicle accident on Monday, Dec. 5, caused a good portion of South Main Street in Cambridge to be closed most of the afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, an Allina ambulance was heading south on South Main Street when a 2005 Chevy Impala, driven by Raymond L. White, 87, of Stanchfield, pulled out in front of the ambulance from 18th Ave. SW to make a left turn. The impact then caused the ambulance to collide with an East Central Sanitation truck that was heading north on Main Street.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to the scene of a crash on Monday, Dec. 5, around 1:45 p.m., involving a Chevy Impala, ambulance and garbage truck. Photo by Greg Hunt

Lieutenant Eric Roeske, with the Minnesota State Patrol, said the ambulance was driving with its lights and siren at the time of the accident.

The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m. and road conditions were wet at the time from freshly fallen snow. Motorists were detoured, and South Main Street was closed beginning at the stoplights at 11th Ave. SW.

White was transported via helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was in satisfactory condition Tuesday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Emergency responders work to get the driver out of the Chevy Impala. Photo by Greg Hunt

The driver of the ambulance, Timothy K. Hansen, 25, of Ogilvie, had no apparent injuries. His passenger, David. K. Schlicher, 35, of Rush City, was transported to Cambridge Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The patient in the ambulance, Richard D. Killinger, 54, of Stanchfield, was transported via helicopter to Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, and was in good condition on Tuesday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The driver of the garbage truck, Chad A. Sader, 32, of Pine City, had no apparent injuries.

Isanti County Sergeant Chris Caulk noted the Cambridge-Isanti School District was notified of the accident so it could plan accordingly in regard to school bus traffic.

Responding for law enforcement included the Minnesota State Patrol, State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Isanti County Sheriff’s Department and Cambridge Police Department.

Responding for fire/rescue included Allina Ambulance, Lakes Region Ambulance, North Air Care, Life Link Air Care, Cambridge Fire Department and Isanti County Safety and Rescue.

The accident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.