Alexandria police officer killed in two-snowmobile crash; other driver seriously injured
An off-duty Alexandria police officer, Patrick Callaghan, was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday evening.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance were called to the scene of a two-snowmobile crash on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria at about 8:10 p.m. last night, according to the sheriff's office.
Upon arrival, deputies found two male victims injured -Callaghan, 31, of Alexandria and Mark Ruder, 25, of Glencoe.
Both victims were transported to Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
Callaghan died at HCMC. As of 1 p.m. Saturday, Ruder was listed in serious condition at HCMC.
The accident is under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol.
Callaghan was hired in November of 2007. His family has a rich history of law enforcement service going back to his great-great grandfather. He is the son of Jeff and Deb Callaghan of rural Carlos. Jeff is a former Douglas County sheriff's chief deputy.
The Alexandria Police Department issued the following statement:
"On January 29, Alexandria Police officer, Patrick Callaghan, was killed in a snowmobile accident. Patrick was off-duty at the time. This is a great loss for the Callaghan family, the Alexandria Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the city of Alexandria, which is the community Patrick served in. This is a great loss to all of us. Funeral arrangements will be announced when they are set."