A husband and wife from Crosby were injured Monday afternoon after the car they were in smashed into a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 210 and Crow Wing County Road 12 east of Brainerd.
The couple, Kathleen Mount, 74, who was driving, and her husband and passenger, Eugene Mount, 91, suffered non life-threatening injuries and were treated at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, the State Patrol reported.
The driver of the Anderson Brothers-owned dump truck, Faye Glein, 48, Pequot Lakes, suffered no apparent injuries.
The State Patrol said about 2:45 p.m. Monday the tandem-axle dump truck was westbound on Crow Wing County Road 12 — also known as the Deerwood shortcut — and pulled out in front of Mounts’ car that was traveling eastbound on Highway 210. Kathleen Mount was unable to stop the car and struck the dump truck.
The Crosby Fire Department was paged to extricate the Mounts from their vehicle and for a gas spill from the dump truck. Crosby Fire Chief Alan Woods said only about 5 gallons of fuel leaked out before the tank was shut off, and firefighters were able to dike and divert the fuel that did spill.
“It was pretty lucky, though, for as hard as they hit,” Woods said. Firefighters assisted Crosby Ambulance with preparing the Mounts for transport to the hospital.
The collision caused traffic to back up on Highway 210 and Crow Wing County Road 12.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl, who along with several deputies assisted at the scene, said there’s no good detour point near the intersection and the sheriff’s department asked media to warn motorists to slow down when approaching the intersection or to find ways to avoid it altogether. Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin also assisted with traffic control at the crash.
“Traffic was quite backed up and we were caught in the middle,” Dahl said.
Woods said the traffic congestion eased after emergency personnel were able to move the Mounts’ car and the dump truck out of the way.
“That’s a heck of a spot traffic-wise. We were pretty much stuck there,” Woods said.
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