Gubernatorial candidate Rich Stanek in hospital after crash in Buffalo

Minnesota gubernatorial Rich Stanek was taken to the hospital for injuries he suffered in a car crash Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for his campaign. 

Stanek was taken to Robbinsdale North Memorial Hospital “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the spokesperson, and he is expected to be discharged Thursday. 

A crash incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol shows that the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 25 and Catlin Street in Buffalo just after 8:30 p.m.

The crash report states Stanek was leaving the parking lot of Buffalo Covenant Church in a Ram 1500 when he crashed into a Chevrolet Malibu headed north on Highway 25. Stanek’s campaign spokesperson confirmed he was returning from a campaign event.  

No alcohol was involved and both drivers were wearing seatbelts, according to the report. Both drivers’ injuries are listed as non-life-threatening, and the driver of the other car was not taken to a hospital.

The former Hennepin County sheriff announced he was running for governor as a Republican candidate in February.