Forum staff reports, Published January 05 2011
Squad car damaged in ‘fluke’ accidentA Minnesota State Patrol squad car was damaged when a semi tire rolled off and hit the car as it was parked on the side of Interstate 94 on Monday.
The state trooper was parked on the right shoulder of Interstate 94 about 2:45 pm. The trooper was assisting a tow truck that was pulling a vehicle out of the ditch in the westbound lanes near Milepost 69 near Dalton.
While the trooper was in his squad car, a semi driven by Lynn Lee, 56, of Minneapolis was westbound. Just as the semi passed the squad, the front right steer axle tire came off, striking the trooper’s car and causing significant damage to the right rear bumper, taillight and quarter panel.
The trooper was not injured, and the squad car was still drivable.
The semi – owned by Holland Enterprises of Mapleton, N.D. – needed to be towed from the scene. No citations were issued. The Minnesota State Patrol reported the accident as a “very rare fluke thing.”
The truck driver slowed down near the parked squad and moved to the farthest lane, which, according to the state patrol, helped avoid the potential for greater danger to the trooper.