A chain-reaction semi crash injured 11 people in Redwood Falls Township, Minn. on Wednesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says the five-vehicle pileup happened at about 11:15 a.m. on northbound Highway 71. Three vehicles were stopped for a MnDoT flagger when a semi-truck rear-ended a slowing SUV, causing the chain-reaction crash. A total of 11 people, including five children, were taken to area hospitals. Among those injured include a family of four from Alexandria, two people in their 70s from Edgerton, a Lamberton woman and her three children, and a 92-year-old woman from Redwood Falls, who was flown to North Memorial with life-threatening injuries. The other ten survivors were taken to Redwood Hospital.
The semi-truck driver, a 53-year-old man from Windom, was not injured in the crash. There is no word yet on whether he will face criminal charges.
Rear-End Semi Crashes Cause Serious Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 25-percent of all semi-crash fatalities happen when trucks rear-end another vehicle. And these fatalities are entirely preventable. Semi-trucks are some of the largest vehicles on the road, weighing in at tens of thousands of pounds. When a semi-truck driver is speeding or driving while distracted, the consequences can be devastating.
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