Update: Man airlifted crash scene; two more rollovers

Michael Thompson’s 2006 Ford Super Duty pick-up on northbound Highway 169.


A 64-year-old Princeton man was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale on Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2014, as a result of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 169 in Princeton.

Second rollover on Highway 169 at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Second rollover on Highway 169 at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Michael Thompson of Princeton sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Thompson was in the northbound lane of Highway 169 about a half mile north of the Highway 95 overpass driving a 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup truck when the rollover occurred at 8 a.m. on Jan. 22.

The northbound lane of Highway 169 was temporarily closed while a medical helicopter landed on the highway, just north of the crash scene, so Thompson could be airlifted from the scene.

Thompson hit a patch of ice and rolled his truck into the right ditch, the State Patrol said. The vehicle landed on its roof.

Thompson’s truck was totaled, the State Patrol said. It was towed from the scene by Hy-Tech Auto.

The Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Police Department, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department and North Ambulance assisted at the scene.

A simultaneous crash was being investigated about a quarter mile south of the Thompson rollover on Highway 169, just before the southbound exit ramp to Highway 95,

In that rollover, a black GMC rollover over onto its side along the left shoulder, facing traffic. No injuries were reported in that rollover.

A third rollover was reported in the area at 10:13 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. A  2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Jean Marie Hillberg left southbound 169 and crashed into trees before landing on its roof along the right shoulder of Highway 169 near 313th Avenue in Baldwin Township. The female driver of that vehicle was transported by ambulance to Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton.

Jean Marie Hillberg’s PT Cruiser in the ditch on Highway 169 in Baldwin Township.


  • Rodney H Hess

    All the result of people not slowing down when the weather is bad. C’mon folks, drive according to the conditions. When will people learn ?? Everyone is always in such a darn big hurry.

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