A three-vehicle crash on Highway 25 left six people injured Sunday afternoon, with one occupant air-lifted from the scene in critical condition.
The crash was reported at 12:51 p.m. on Highway 25 and Shawkia Drive, south of South Long Lake, the state patrol reported.
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to the scene and worked to extricate two of the victims from the wreckage. One driver, Gregory Skoog, 65, Brainerd, was flown from the scene by North Memorial Aircare to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale in critical condition. His wife, Nancy Skoog, 63, a passenger in the car, suffered non life-threatening injuries. The Toyota Corolla they were riding in was totaled.
The crash came on a sunny, clear day and began as one vehicle rear-ended another. Six occupants were involved with the three vehicles.
Skoog was stopped in the northbound lane on Highway 25 waiting to turn left into his driveway. Isaiah Schuety, 32, Brainerd, driver of an Audi traveling north on the highway, didn’t see the Toyota waiting to turn and rear-ended Skoog, the state patrol reported. Schuety’s vehicle went into the ditch after impact.
The collision spun the Skoogs around. Their Toyota came to a stop in the southbound lane only to be struck again by a third passenger car traveling south on the highway.
All individuals involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts.
Schuety and his 10-year-old son, Trevor, were both taken to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd where they were treated and released. Their Audi was severely damaged.
Occupants of the third vehicle traveling south, driver LeRoy Hamann, 78, Wadena, and his wife Lois Hamann, 75, both suffered non life-threatening injuries and were taken to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Their Chevrolet Malibu was totaled in the crash.