May 16, 2018 05:56 AM
A trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol remained in "satisfactory" condition while a Lakeville man was in serious condition Wednesday morning after a head-on collision in Lakeville Tuesday afternoon.
The state patrol identified the trooper as 35-year-old Sgt. Mike Krukowski, of Oakdale.
Lt. Tiffani Nielson, spokeswoman for the state patrol, said Krukowski was driving south on Kenrick Avenue, near 205th Street, at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when a 2012 Chrysler 200, which had been traveling northbound in the right lane of Interstate 35, "for unknown reasons went off the road to the right side, vaulted over the freeway fence, and hit the state trooper head on at a high rate of speed."
The driver of the Chrysler was identified as 29-year-old Wesley Paul Briggs, of Lakeville.
Briggs was airlifted to North Memorial and Krukowski was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Authorities said Krukowski was wearing his seatbelt and that it was unknown whether Briggs was wearing his.
In an incident report, authorities stated the cause of the crash, including whether Briggs was impaired while driving, remains under investigation.
The Lakeville police and fire departments, as well as the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, assisted at the scene.
Updated: May 16, 2018 05:56 AM
Created: May 16, 2018 05:55 AM
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