by Cori Hilsgen
A crash between a pickup and semitrailer injured one man and closed parts of two area roads April 2. The crash occurred in the morning at the intersection of Stearns CR 2 and Minnesota Street W.
The driver of the pickup, Lee Meyer of Rice, 48, was injured and was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. According to Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold, Meyer was turning south on CR 2 when his pickup was hit by the semitrailer.
The semitrailer, driven by Anthony Breummer of Sartell, 29, was hauling propane tanks that fell off the trailer. Initial reports indicated possible leaking propane tanks, but no leaks were found. Bechtold said roads were closed until mid-afternoon.
Several other crashes have occurred at this same location. A fatal collision in November killed a 90-year-old woman from Cold Spring.
County engineer Jodi Teich said a rural intersection conflict warning system is being considered. The system would warn drivers of crossing traffic. MnDOT is installing these systems throughout the state, and the county is working to see if the system could be included in the contract.