One person died Wednesday evening as a result of a three-vehicle crash that took place in the midst of downed power lines on Interstate 90.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash took place at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday. A 2021 Chevrolet Hatchback operated by Diego Alvaro Campos, 37, of Chile was eastbound on I-90 and stopped to avoid hitting wires from the power lines, which had come down as a result of high winds during severe and wet weather conditions. A 2019 Freightliner Cascadia semi operated by Jaskaran Singh, 26, of Ottawa, Canada then collided with the Chevrolet.
The third vehicle, a 2009 Pontiac G6 operated by Tyler Scott Gilbery, 23, of Tea, South Dakota, collided with the power line wires at the scene.
Martha Lilian Llanos Rodriguez, 30, of Mexico City, a passenger in the Chevrolet, died at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in that vehicle, Bradford Scott Barrett, 42, of Annapolis, Maryland, was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center with a life-threatening injury, and two others in the Chevrolet, Aldo Alberto Viscarra-Avilez, 33, of Chile, and the driver – Campos -- were both transported with non-life-threatening injuries.
Gilbery, the driver of the Pontiac, was also taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. Singh, the semi driver, was unhurt.
The Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Worthington Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. Interstate 90 was closed to both eastbound as westbound traffic until around 8:30 p.m. following the crash.
Also Wednesday night, Nobles Cooperative Electric reported that as a result of the severe weather, members in the Fulda, Worthington and Currie areas were without power as a result of the storm. The cooperative had indicated later Wednesday that power in those areas had been restored.
More than 1,100 Federated Rural Electric members in southern Jackson County lost power around 6:30 p.m. May 11 as the heavy rains and strong winds rolled through, the cooperative reported Thursday morning,
Most Federated members lost power due to a transmission-line outage owned by Great River Energy. Crews patrolled the lines and power was restored to the Miloma and West Lakefield substations around 6:40 p.m with the Round Lake substation restored at 7:44 p.m. Most members served by the Minneota substation were restored at 7:47 p.m.
Accumulations of between an inch and inch and a half of rain were recorded around Worthington, with some higher totals measured to the north and northwest. A high regional total of 3.02 inches was recorded southeast of Brookings, South Dakota.