Three-vehicle crash closes 61 Thursday

A portion of Highway 61 was closed Thursday following a three-vehicle wreck near the Forest Lake-Wyoming border by Maranatha Assembly of God. (Photo by Clint Riese)

A portion of Highway 61 was closed Thursday following a three-vehicle wreck near the Forest Lake-Wyoming border by Maranatha Assembly of God. (Photo by Clint Riese)

A three-vehicle accident closed Highway 61 (Forest Boulevard) for several hours Thursday afternoon just north of the the border of Washington and Chisago counties. The incident involved five people; one remains in critical condition, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A southbound Chevy Malibu stopped to make a left turn into Maranatha Assembly of God when it was struck from behind by a van driven by a Forest Lake man. The collision pushed the Malibu into the northbound lane, where it was struck by another van. The northbound van was driven by a Wyoming man and carried a female from Forest Lake.

The incident took place just after 3:30 p.m.

The driver of the Malibu, a 36-year-old female from Pine City, was ejected. According to the State Patrol incident report, she was not wearing her seat belt. She was taken to Regions in St. Paul with non-life-threatening injuries. Her son, 15, remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital.

The driver of the southbound van and the driver and passenger of the northbound van all suffered minor injuries.

  • Paul

    Good to see that the new design for that intersection worked. All of those idiots responsible for expanding lanes vs adding the needed stoplights should be held responsible for each and every accident that occurs for their cheap fix!

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