Area Man Critically Injured in Late Evening Accident 05 Oct 17

A Deer River man was critically injured last night in a Northern Minnesota Traffic Accident.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Andrew Francisco, 36, was transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, after he lost control of his Pontiac Gran Prix on Highway #169 near Coleraine.

Also injured in the accident, the driver of a second vehicle, Timothy Dwyer, 55, of Grand Rapids. He was taken to Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids with injuries described as non-life threatening. A passenger in the Dwyer pickup escaped injury.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Pontiac was east bound on the shoulder of the highway when it entered the traffic lane, striking the pickup, also east bound. Both drivers lost control, the pickup rolling into the median of the roadway, the car rolling in the right ditch, coming to rest on its roof.

Officers say Francisco was not wearing a seat belt, with Trout Lake Fire Crews finding him pinned in the rear seat of the car using the Jaws of Life to free Francisco, who was airlifted from the scene.

Both occupants of the pickup were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, reported at 10:19pm. Officers say alcohol was not a factor in the accident.