By Lynda Jensen
WINSTED, MN Lester Prairie native Brad Schaust, 26, is healing in the hospital after a three-vehicle accident Dec. 13 that took place south of Winsted on Babcock Avenue, north of Highway 7.
Schaust crossed over the center line twice, and struck two vehicles going northbound in the oncoming lane, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
“We have been dealing with a lot,” Marlene Schaust, Brad’s mother, told the Herald Journal.
“He has had part of his colon removed, pelvic fractures, and a left femur fracture. They attempted to do surgery on Wednesday evening and had to stop because his oxygen levels went too low, so he ended up back in ICU. He has been sedated all day Thursday.
“The plan is to go back into surgery on Friday morning to at least get the femur fracture taken care of, and if he tolerates that they will attempt to repair the pelvic fractures. Everything is based on how he does,” Marlene reported Thursday.
“It has been a roller coaster ride for us all,” she added.
A Caring Bridge site has been set up with updates made regularly to his condition by his mother. His father is Tom Schaust. He is a 2001 graduate of Holy Trinity, and currently lives in Winsted.
When the accident took place, Schaust was driving a 1993 Chrysler Concorde southbound on Babcock Avenue at about 8:09 p.m.
The first time his car crossed over the center line, it clipped the left rear of a 2003 Pontiac Aztek driven by Timothy John Andersen, 43, of Winsted, according to the accident report.
Schaust’s vehicle continued southbound, crossing over the center line again, striking a 2006 Hyundai Sonata driven by Tiffany Rayann Matz, 21, of Brainerd.
Schaust ended up in the west ditch, and Matz ended up in the east ditch. Andersen, who was sideswiped, did not end up in the ditch. All three vehicles sustained more than $1,000 in damage.
Schaust was airlifted by LifeLink Air Transport to Hennepin County Medical Center. Matz was taken by Ridgeview Ambulance to Waconia Hospital for injuries received. Andersen received non-incapacitating injuries, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
Schaust was not wearing his seat belt, but the other two were, according to the accident report.
Those who responded to the crash included the Lester Prairie Police Department, the Winsted Police Department, State Patrol, and the Lester Prairie first responders.