First responders were at the scene of a crash along Highway 13 in Savage Thursday morning that left two SUVs contorted. No serious injuries were reported.

People from nearby businesses at the scene said they heard a loud sound around 9:45 a.m. when the crash happened and walked outside to see a dump truck had crashed into a semi truck.

They soon realized there were two vehicles smashed in between.

“I heard a loud crash so I came out and saw the two trucks and didn’t realize there were two vehicles in between,” said Schmidt Roofing employee Karla Kent.

According to Minnesota State Patrol Public Information Officer Lt. Tiffani Nielson, the crash occurred at 9:44 a.m. A semi with two SUVs behind it were all stopped at the intersection of Highway 13 northbound and Washburn Avenue. A dump truck approaching from behind failed to stop and crashed into the vehicles, smashing the two SUVs into the back end of the semi.

Both SUV drivers were transported for non-life-threatening injuries for broken bones. There were no fatalities, according to Nielson. The dump truck driver, Andy Lee Stafford, 48, of Owatonna, was cited for failure to use due care.

A state trooper on scene reported Stafford did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, Highway 13 eastbound was closed at Chowen Avenue South due to the crash and cars were being rerouted off Highway 13, down a frontage road, to the Highway 13 and Washburn Avenue intersection. Traffic was back to normal at 10:45 a.m.

Agencies responding to the crash include the Minnesota State Patrol, the Burnsville Police Department and the Savage Police Department.

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.


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