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Man Critically Injured in Crash Involving Garbage Truck

Posted at: 01/17/2013 11:02 AM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 9:53 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

A 33-year-old man was critically injured early Thursday morning after in an accident involving a garbage truck in Hermantown.

Hermantown Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of that accident on the 5800 block of Morris Thomas Road at 5:35 a.m. According to a news release issued by Deputy Chief Shawn Padden, upon arrival, authorities found a car with heavy front-end damage blocking the roadway and a Hartel's DBJ Disposal truck parked nearby.

Deputy Chief Padden said the driver of the car sustained critical injuries and was unconscious, bleeding and trapped in the car.

A preliminary investigation indicates the garbage truck was stopped at the edge of the road while collecting garbage. Deputy Chief Padden said the driver was apparently outside of the truck at the time of the accident.

He said the car was driving over the crest of a hill when it collided with the front end of the garbage truck, causing heavy damage to the car and moderate damage to the garbage truck.

Deputy Chief Padden told Eyewitness News that the man was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

City and state authorities are investigating.