Loretto man airlifted to North Memorial
By Ryan Gueningsman
One person was airlifted from the scene of a four-vehicle crash in Independence Friday morning, and two others were transported to a hospital via ground ambulance.
West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) was notified of a personal injury traffic accident at about 8:16 a.m., according to WHPS Director Ray McCoy.
Sandra Dara Lind, 47, of Independence, was driving a 2001 Chrysler Sebring and was westbound on Highway 12 waiting to turn into her residence in the 7000-block of Highway 12, according to McCoy.
A 1996 Saturn being driven by Stephen James Aysta, 46, of Stillwater, had approached Lind’s vehicle and had slowed down. A third vehicle, a 1994 Geo Tracker being driven by Anthony Michael Menard, 22, of Loretto, was also traveling westbound and drove into the rear of Aysta’s vehicle, according to McCoy. Initial investigation shows he did not apply his breaks.
Aysta was then pushed into the rear corner of Lind’s vehicle and was then pushed into the eastbound lane of traffic where he was t-boned by an eastbound 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck bring driven by Deeann Lynn Kingsley, 46, of Cokato.
Menard was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. McCoy said it did not appear his injuries were life-threatening. Friday afternoon, a North Memorial spokesperson listed Menard's condition as fair.
Aysta and Kingsley were transported to North Memorial Hospital via ground ambulance for injuries sustained, according to McCoy. As of Friday afternoon, Kingsley was treated and released. Aysta was listed in fair condition, according to a spokesperson from North Memorial Hospital. Lind was not injured. None of the people involved in the crash had other occupants in their vehicles.
McCoy said two people were initially trapped in vehicles and had to be extricated from them. Maple Plain Fire Department and Delano Fire Department each responded and handled an extrication.
Assisting WHPS at the scene of the accident were police departments from Minnetrista, Orono, and Medina, the Minnesota State Patrol reconstruction unit, and the Hennepin County Crime Lab.
McCoy said the accident remains under investigation, and said officials made sure the scene was well-documented.
Following the crash, westbound traffic was diverted around the scene at Hennepin County Road 92 north, and eastbound traffic was diverted on Hennepin County Road 92 south.
The road was reopened at about noon, according to WHPS.