In what seems to be an increasingly common occurrence, a car crash was reported at the intersection of Highway 212 and 17th Street in Granite Falls on Thursday, July 19.
The incident involved a parked Honda Civic. The driver, Jay Jerry Maronde, 41, of Marshall, was helping to jump start another vehicle. After finishing helping the other car, Maronde attempted to back up across both eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 212, eventually reaching 17th street close to the Minnesota West campus in Granite Falls.
However, Maronde failed to yield to traffic and was struck by a Nissan Murano traveling westbound on the highway. The driver of the Murano, Delores Mae Koepke, 78, of Granite Falls, suffered minor injuries and was able to walk away from the accident.
Maronde received more substantial, though non-life threatening, injuries. He was transported by ground ambulance to the Granite Falls Hospital to receive additional care. No other injuries were reported.
The Granite Falls Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Yellow Medicine Sheriff's Office all responded to the crash.
The same stretch of Highway 212 was the location of a crash earlier this month. There have been additional incidents between Montevideo and Granite Falls which were attributed to the ongoing construction.
The most serious of these crashes occurred on Wednesday, July 18 and involved a 2000 Chevy pickup truck driven by Neftali Emanuel Lagunas, 21, of Marshall rear ending a 2013 Freightliner Straight Truck. The freight truck was at a complete stop waiting in the construction zone when it was struck. The driver, Scott Wade Powell, 55, of Sioux Falls, SD, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital.
Lagunas and another passenger, 15 year old Israel Eleazar Quintilla, were also transported to Granite Falls Health with non-life threatening injuries. A third passenger, Jared David Trevino, 7, of Weslaco, TX, received life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to North Memorial - Robbinsdale. According to the accident report, alcohol did not play a role, and all drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts.
Drivers are reminded to proceed with additional caution when entering construction zones.