By Lynda Jensen
CARVER COUNTY, MN Tuesday brought bad luck to many drivers on Highway 7, with three unrelated crashes taking place that day in Carver County, reported Chief Deputy Bob VanDenBroeke.
One accident injured a New Germany teenager, who was traveling eastbound on Highway 7, west of 155th, he said.
Kathleen Jackson, 17, was following a truck loaded with a backhoe on its trailer at about 4:07 p.m., when she struck it from behind.
The truck was being driven by Shawn Dalchow, 28, of Mayer, who works with Dalchow Excavating.
Dalchow activated his blinker and attempted to turn off the road, and noticed that Jackson didn’t slow down, so he tried to speed up again, but wasn’t fast enough to pull out in time, according to the accident report.
Jackson, who was driving a 2005 blue Ford, struck Dalchow at full speed in his 2004 Dodge. She was taken to the hospital.
Jackson admitted that she was distracted while driving and was cited for inattentive driving.
Another accident involved an older couple from the Twin Cities, who encountered the Highway 25 roundabout at about 5:20 p.m., according to local sources.
VanDenBroeke confirmed that the male driver of a couple struck the middle of the roundabout going full speed, at 55 mph, then “flew in the air 15 feet before impact, resting in a pond,” VanDenBroeke said.
Mayer Fire Chief Rod Maetzold added that a nurse happened to be on the scene who helped the couple as well.
Both VanDenBroeke and Maetzold were glad the accident took place during the daylight hours, since it is nearly impossible to see the ditch from the road.
The ditch is located on the southeast corner of the roundabout, low-lying, and filled with pond water. The water came up to the seats in the car, Maetzold noted.
Twelve members of the Mayer Fire Department responded to the scene, wading in the water with their boots, which filled up with water, Maetzold said.
Other official details are pending, and should be available this week.
In a third accident, two vehicles were involved in a crash that took place at 7:25 a.m. at Carver County Road 33 and Highway 7.
Details about this crash are also pending, and will be forthcoming this week.