August 15, 2018 06:35 PM
A truck driver lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 94 Wednesday morning, causing a crash that involved six vehicles and left one person dead and three others injured.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 53-year-old John Robert Houdyshell was driving a 2016 Freightliner M2 westbound on the highway when he lost control, crossed the median, vaulted over a cable barrier and struck two other vehicles, a Chevrolet Silverado and a Kia Optima.
The State Patrol's incident report said three other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The driver of the Silverado -- 40-year-old Kevin Allen Parker of Monticello -- was killed in the crash.
The driver of the Optima -- 40-year-old Darrin Dennis Grebinoski -- has injuries that are not considered life-threatening. His passenger, 38-year-old Robyn Susann Grebinoski, did suffer life-threatening injuries. The state patrol said she was air-lifted from the accident scene.
Houdyshell, meanwhile, was transported to North Memorial with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Tiffani Nielson said Houdyshell gave an "unusual" statement after the crash, but he was alert before and after the incident.
Authorities are investigating what caused him to veer out of control, and are looking at a number of potential reasons, including a possible medical situation.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, Nielson said, and Houdyshell said he did not fall asleep at the wheel.
Everyone involved in the crash appeared to be wearing their seat belt, according to the state patrol.
The area where the accident happened does have a cable barrier in the median.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, those barriers are supposed to prevent these types of crashes. However, when the truck hit the median, it launched into the air and over the barrier.
The state patrol is investigating whether charges are appropriate.
Attorneys for Dakota Supply Group, Houdyshell's employer, released the following statement:
"As you are aware, the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating this matter and their investigation is ongoing. We are investigating this matter as well and will not be in a position to make any comment on this matter until those investigations are complete and all of the facts are known."
Anthony Brousseau and Jessica Miles
Updated: August 15, 2018 06:35 PM
Created: August 15, 2018 02:02 PM
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