H.S. Senior Dies In Crash Near Annandale

May 29, 2008 Full story: WCCO-TV 10

A senior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School is dead and three other students injured after a crash near Annandale, Minn.

Howard Lake Superintendent George Ladd says the students were fans coming home from a Section 5A track meet at St. John's University when the crash happened Wednesday evening.

The State Patrol says the students' car stopped at a stop sign, then rolled in front of a pickup on Minnesota 55.

The patrol identifies the student who died as 18-year-old Madeysen Kleve of Howard Lake. She was a passenger in the car.

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Bobbie

Chanhassen, MN

#1 May 30, 2008
How many people have to die at this intersection before something is done about it.
Confused

United States

#2 May 30, 2008
I overheard someone talking about it being a "blind intersection", and now I read this comment. In all seriousness, the intersection and visiblity in all directions is about as wide open as you can get. That doesn't make this tragedy any easier, but let's not get the facts wrong.
Annandale Resident

Plymouth, MN

#3 May 30, 2008
I agree with Bobby, this intersection needs a stoplight. The second reply probably doesn't live in Annandale!..
Confused

United States

#4 May 31, 2008
Actually, The second one lives a mile from the intersection itself . Take a look. No trees, no hills, no curves, no blind spots....somebody please explain.
Amy in Annandale

Paynesville, MN

#5 May 31, 2008
Absolutely there is a blind spot, even with the removal of trees that they did here years ago. I make every effort not to cross 55 here or farther West where county road 3 crosses 55 near South Haven. Both places have had many many accidents some involving fatalities. How many kids have to die or be seriously injured before the state decides it may be a good idea to put in a light? So sad.
From ND

Bismarck, ND

#6 Jun 3, 2008
I have driven on your roads and know exactly what spot you are talking about. The sad part is that someones life has ended and many others have seriously been impacted. Even with a stop light in place this can happen...we can't judge or blame during these times...to learn from what happened and educate...remember...just look and look and look again without a false sense of security. My heart goes out to all of you...
angela

United States

#7 Jun 11, 2008
I have a friend that lives off county road 6. and i cross highway 55.and i agree you can't see the car's coming.i think that would be a good idea.to put light up there.
Co Rd 6 resident

Annandale, MN

#8 Jun 22, 2008
Dear "confused"-
I live on CR 6 and unfortunately have to cross Hwy 55 every day. The intersection of 55 and 6 do NOT cross at 90 degree angles; therefore, making it very difficult to cross. If you are heading north on 6, you have to veer off to the right to see traffic from the east and if you are headed south on 6, you have to veer off to the right to be able to see all of the traffic coming from the west. I wouldn't necessarily call it a "blind intersection," as you apparently overheard, but it is not an easy intersection to cross with the akward way the roads intersect, all of the traffic, and let's not forget about the sunrise or sunset in your eyes.

This is a HORRIBLE intersection and I have witnessed more accidents than I can recall. There needs to be a stoplight put in. And yes- accidents still happen with stop lights in place, but it would make people a little more aware- especially those who are not from the area and familiar with how fatal this intersection is.
Confused

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2008
Thank you for your comment, and being that this is a sensitive issue, I am sorry for offending anyone. My point was not to argue, but just to make sure we keep the facts straight. It's always easier to blame "something" when this kind of thing happens.
The intersection does not have a blind spot--that is, anything blocking your view. I also live on County Rd 6, and am at that intersection twice a day. In my vehicle, the blind spot is a part of my car and I need only stretch my neck, look both ways, and I can see fine.
The trouble is, not everyone is careful all of the time. After this accident,I am more aware of the fact that taking a second glance at this intersection is a good idea. Everyone has different opinions about putting in a stoplight, but the real issue is that we all need to realize how easy it is for something like this to happen--anywhere--if we're not careful.
The latest response from MN DOT is that there are no plans to put in a stoplight, but Wright County is taking action to widen 6, as well as change the curvature of the road itself in order to have it meet up with 55 at more of a 90 degree angle. Hopefully that will help to prevent another accident, as well as relieve some tension regarding this issue.
Kassie

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Jul 1, 2008
I used to live there and that intersection was a problem four years ago and they still haven't done anything and now i have to find out that an old died because of it...something needs to be done.

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