County Road 39 accident injures two Monticello drivers

A two-vehicle accident Sunday night on County Road 39 injured two Monticello drivers, one of them seriously, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

These vehicles were involved in a Sunday night crash on County Road 39 that injured two Monticello residents. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Eugene Ruud. Jr., 52, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus westbound and crossed over the centerline into the path of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Darin Robert Lonnquist, 49.  (Photo by Clay Sawatkze)

These vehicles were involved in a Sunday night crash on County Road 39 that injured two Monticello residents. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Eugene Ruud. Jr., 52, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus westbound and crossed over the centerline into the path of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Darin Robert Lonnquist, 49. (Photo by Clay Sawatkze)

The head-on collision near 660 Riverview Drive N.E. was reported shortly after 6 p.m., Lt. Todd Sandin stated in a email.
Donald Eugene Ruud. Jr., 54, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus westbound on County Road 39 and crossed over the centerline into the path of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Darin Robert Lonnquist, 49, Sandin reported.
The accident scene was mapped by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Investigation Unit (MCIU), Sandin said, but investigators have not determined why Rudd’s vehicle crossed the centerline.
Ruud was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care with serious injuries. Lonnquist was transported to New River Medical Center in Monticello by New River Ambulance with minor injuries.  Monticello Fire and Rescue, New River Ambulance, North Air Care and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s office at the accident scene, Sundin stated.
Monticello Fire Chief Steve Joerg said when he arrived at the accident scene, both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and required removal with powered equipment. “We made the request for the air ambulance right away,” he added. “We had to have one engine crew work on one driver and another crew work on the other driver. We had both of them out within 20 minutes.”

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