Trooper and Other Driver Survive Head-On Collision in Lakeville

Vehicles essentially had to be cut apart.

Edgar Linares
May 15, 2018 - 8:23 pm

A Minnesota state trooper is recovering after a driver lost control of his car and slammed into his squad car traveling the other direction Tuesday afternoon.

State Patrol said Sgt. Mike Krukowski, 35, of Oakdale was traveling southbound on Kenrick Ave. near 205th street when a 2012 Chrysler 200, traveling northbound on Interstate 35, veered off the road, went through the freeway fence, and struck Krukowski’s car.

“It essentially vaulted over the freeway fence striking the trooper’s vehicle head-on,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with State Patrol.

The driver of the Chrysler 200 was Wesley Paul Briggs, 29, of Lakeville. He taken by helicopter to North Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say it’s unclear if he was wearing a seatbelt.

An ambulance took Sgt. Krukowski to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing his seatbelt.

“Both drivers had to be extricated,” said Nielson. “The trooper was alert he did call in the crash on the radio, but was pinned in the vehicle. The other driver lost consciousness. The vehicles essentially had to be cut apart.”