Icy roads cause pair of crashes

BUSY NIGHT — Hwy. 14 near Garvin Corner was filled with law enforcement, fire trucks and ambulances Friday night after a pair of crashes — one that involved a Lyon County squad.

Slippery roads resulted in a four-vehicle mess on Hwy. 14 just east of Garvin Corner late Friday night.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the vehicle of a good samaritan parked on the side of the road was rear-ended by a car headed east on Hwy. 14. The call came in at 10:07 p.m.
The parked vehicle — a Dodge pickup — was unattended at the time of the crash, as its driver, Lance Rice, 53, of Russiaville, Indiana, was at the time helping another driver who had gone into the ditch. The driver of the a 2000 Toyota Camry that hit Rice’s vehicle — Nor Por Xiong, 57, of Walnut Grove — received non-life threatening injuries and was wearing a seat belt. The passenger in that car, Nhiachoa Xiong, 67, of Walnut Grove, also received non-life threatening injuries, as did the passenger in the truck, 85-year-old Marvin Dale Hornstein of Kokomo, Indiana. He, too, was wearing his seat belt.
But that was just half of the mess.
Less than 20 minutes later, another call came in when a Lyon County squad, which was at the scene of the initial crash and had its emergency lights flashing, was struck by a westbound 2017 Dodge Stratus, driven by Chelsey Starr Wynn, 18, of Tracy, the State Patrol said. Neither Wynn nor passenger Destiny Nicole Vee, 18, of Tracy, were injured and both were wearing their seat belt. The other passengers in Wynn’s car — Noah Eugene Fastenau, 19, of Tracy and Taylor Collins Thomas, 21 of Tracy — were not wearing their seat belt and received non-life threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.

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