Thursday's strong south winds created a snow drift across Highway 75 at the intersection of Polk County Highway 16 near Eldred, and that drift contributed to an accident involving a Crookston teen who struck a Crookston man while he was trying to shovel out his vehicle that was stuck in the drift.
The Minnesota State Patrol says that Andrew T. Boucher, 19, of Crookston suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck by a 2001 Ford Taurus, driven by Landen D. Duckworth-Rudnik, 18, of Crookston. Boucher was taken to RiverView Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The State Patrol says the accident was reported at 8:33 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, Duckworth-Rudnik was southbound on #75 when he started slowing for the snow drift. He saw Boucher's 1996 Plymouth Breeze but didn't realize it was parked on the shoulder. Duckworth-Rudnik's vehicle then started to slide on the icy road surface underneath the drift, toward the Breeze. According to the State Patrol, Duckworth-Rudnik continued to slow down but he couldn't steer out of the drift. His Taurus side-swiped the Breeze and then struck Boucher, who was at the front left corner of his vehicle trying to dig it out with a shovel. The impact sent Boucher onto the windshield of the Taurus before he was thrown over the car into a snowbank.
Duckworth-Rudnik was not injured. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.
No citations were issued.