Emergency crews respond to 2 crashes, with a fiery crash injuring drivers
Heavy rainfall may have contributed to two crashes, which happened about the same time, one on Highway 18 east of Brainerd and one on Industrial Park Road in Brainerd. The crashes were reported about the same time as a storm moved through the area.
Two drivers suffered minor injuries in a fiery crash Wednesday evening, Sept. 25, that backed up traffic at least a mile on Highway 18 near Three Mile Road just east of Brainerd about the same time as a second crash involved two cars in Brainerd.
Crow Wing County Sgt. Tyler Burke described the call that came in just before 5 p.m. on Highway 18 as a glancing -- rather than head-on -- crash between an eastbound minivan and a westbound pickup truck. There was extensive property damage, Burke said, as one vehicle was on fire when authorities arrived.
He believes heavy rainfall at the time likely played a role in the crash.
Both drivers were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
The Minnesota State Patrol and Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.
About the same time, Brainerd Police officers responded to a second crash involving two cars at Industrial Park Road in Brainerd near Crow Wing Recycling. Two North Memorial Ambulance crews responded to the scene. Further details on the condition of the vehicle occupants wasn’t available Wednesday night.