Orko's Toll: Pickup Spins into MN State Patrol Car on Icy Interstate in Fridley

Truck landed on trooper's squad car on eastbound I-694 at Matterhorn Drive NE Sunday.

A pickup truck spun and crashed into a Minnesota State Patrol vehicle on I-694 in Fridley Sunday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Note: The photo at right is a file photo showing a different State Patrol car, from the post Troopers' Peril Hits Close to Home.

Involved were a 50-year-old man from Minneapolis who was driving the pickup, or his passenger, a 36-year-old woman from Minneapolis, and the man from Golden Valley driving the state patrol vehicle, according to the State Patrol's report. The report did not document the condition of the people in the vehicles, except that none appeared intoxicated. Both vehicles suffered moderate damage.

"We are investigating it," State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said by email Monday. There were no injuries involved, he added.

The road was icy on the freeway at 1:09 p.m. The pickup, a 1992 Ford LGT traveling eastbound in the center lane of I-694, spun out and hit the State Patrol 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, which was sitting in the left lane near the Matterhorn Drive NE overpass. The pickup landed on the State Patrol car's hood and also hit the median.

Roeske did not have more details on the crash but he confirmed that it was the same incident reported at the Police Clips Facebook page.

Police Clips has a photo of the blue pickup, apparently from a Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera. According to the Police Clips account, taken from emergency radio scanner reports, the pickup truck continued down the freeway and was pulled over on the Silver Lake Road exit ramp following a brief, 50 mph police chase.


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