UPDATE: Non-life-threatening injuries in multiple-car accident on Hwy 34
A semi and three vehicles were involved in an accident at 7:50 a.m. Thursday at a busy intersection in Park Rapids.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2015 Kenworth semi tractor driven by Glenn Tyrrell, 45, of Verndale was eastbound on State Hwy. 34 and approaching the U.S. Hwy. 71 intersection when it collided with the rear end of a 2013 Kia driven by Clarence Davis, 42, Park Rapids.
The semi tractor continued eastbound, striking a 2014 Toyota Rav 4 that was in the westbound left-turn lane and driven by Janet Johnson, 69, Walker.
The patrol report states the Toyota was then pushed into a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country traveling east. The Chrysler, driven by Dean Westby, 71, Park Rapids, came to rest at a light pole. The semi and Toyota continued onto the lawn of Northview Bank. The semi struck Northview Bank, hitting a transformer and causing electricity to go out in the nearby area. A bank teller working in the drive-thru reported hearing a "bang," then the lights flickered and went out. No injuries were reported at the bank.
Tyrell, Davis and Johnson were transported to CHI St. Joseph's Health with non-life-threatening injuries.
Davis said he had just dropped off his children at school, ages 8, 10 and 14. He was heading home and preparing to turn north on Hwy. 71.
"The accident was two blocks from my house," he said Thursday afternoon after being released from the hospital with headaches, soreness, back and neck pain. "I remember being in the turn lane and turning my blinker on, and that's the last thing I remember."
The Park Rapids Fire Department extricated Davis from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life.
Northview Bank was closed Thursday while an electrical crew repaired the damaged transformer.
Assisting at the scene were the Park Rapids Police Department, Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, North Ambulance, Hubbard First Reponse and Park Rapids Fire Department.