Motor vehicle accidents can cause a great deal of damage to people and property alike. A collision near Hanska, Minnesota between a van and a semi-trailer resulted in severe damage to both vehicles. Both drivers received injuries as well, though the extent is not altogether clear.
Fortunately, both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash on Monday morning. The semi-trailer was heading south on County Road 13 in Brown County, Minnesota, while the van was traveling north. The van allegedly struck the semi-trailer after crossing the center line. Damage to the semi-trailer resulting from the crash was severe, while the van was a total loss.
The current condition of the drivers is unknown. Both drivers received treatment for injuries at the scene. In addition, the driver of the van also received treatment at a local hospital, where she traveled via ambulance, for non-life-threatening injuries.
There is much about the accident that remains unknown at this time: the velocity of the vehicles at the time of impact, why the van allegedly strayed over the center line, whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash or whether authorities intend to bring any charges. As there has been no mention of any other passengers, it would appear that the two drivers were the only occupants of their respective vehicles, although this, too, is unconfirmed.
Not everyone escapes a motor vehicle accident without life-threatening injuries. Many do not survive, and those who do may experience permanent disability. It may be helpful for those injured in such an accident to consult with an attorney.