Semitrailer strikes teenage bicyclist in Lake Elmo

A semitrailer ran into a 14-year-old girl who was bicycling in Lake Elmo the morning of July 9. 

Shortly after the accident, the girl was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the girl was bicycling west on 50th Street North at around 9:20 a.m. when she crossed Lake Elmo Avenue and was struck by a semitrailer traveling north on Lake Elmo Avenue. 

Both roads at the intersection are paved, and the girl had a stop sign, Sheriff Dan Starry said.

Following the crash, both the vehicle and the girl came to a rest along Lake Elmo Avenue with a tire of the still upright semitrailer resting on the girl's ankle.

Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist said it took "just a matter of minutes" to free the girl's ankle after emergency responders arrived.

"The tire of the truck was off the shoulder of the road, and when it skidded, it mounded up some dirt," Malmquist explained. "I was with the patient, and [Oakdale firefighters] came in, and we assessed the situation. Lakeview paramedics were there and we started moving some dirt and we were able to free her foot."

After the girl was freed, Lakeview Ambulance took her to the hospital where she was treated for a broken leg, said Starry. He added that she was wearing a bike helmet, which likely prevented more serious injuries. 

"That certainly could have saved her life, having that helmet," Starry said.

As of press time, the cause of the accident was still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

 

— Aundrea Kinney

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