Posted at: 07/04/2014 4:00 PM
Updated at: 07/05/2014 6:00 PM
By: Brandi Powell
Minnesota State Patrol said a married couple in their late 70s is dead after a three-vehicle crash in Cannon Falls on Friday afternoon.
The incident happened on 65th Avenue and County Road 24 just outside of the Country Side Antique Mall in Cannon Falls at 2:35 p.m.
Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol said state trooper Scott Reps was responding to an injury crash when a vehicle, driven by 78-year-old Norman Scott of Cannon Falls, pulled out in front of his squad car as he drove through Cannon Falls.
The two people in the car were killed and Reps was airlifted to Mayo Hospital with non-life-threatening, but serious injuries, according to Roeske.
The collision killed Scott and his wife, 79-year-old Geneva Scott, who was riding in the passenger seat.
A couple in a Jeep Commander were also involved, but were not injured in the crash.
State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer says authorities haven't determined how fast the trooper was going.
A close neighbor told KSTP the husband, who was driving the car was a "nice guy" and "someone who always lent a hand when you needed it." The neighbor also said the man loved to garden outdoors.
Tim Dowd, a customer at a store near the crash, said he heard sirens before he heard the crash.
"All of a sudden I heard some screeching, and then bam," Dowd said. "And the cop car, the whole back end was up in the air."
Witness Michelle Smith said she saw, "a big cloud of smoke and people were just screaming." Smith said she heard people yelling for help.
Authorities are now looking at dash-cam video and surveillance video from a local store that had a security camera.
The shop owner, Doug Rechtzigel, who saw the footage said, "They probably flew about 15 feet in the air and there was a cloud of smoke and everything else."
The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office also responded to the accident scene.