Driver Airlifted, Man Arrested in Broadway Crash in NE Rochester (Update)
Update 3/21 9:10 a.m.: Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has released initial findings of their investigation regarding a crash that occurred on Broadway Ave. in rural northeast Rochester Monday evening.
Captain Tim Parkin said emergency responders were called to the crash around 5:45 p.m. just north of Broadway’s intersection with Ridge Dr. Northeast. Three vehicles were involved in the crash.
Parkin said the preliminary investigation indicates a southbound vehicle was waiting to turn into a driveway and a southbound pick-up truck was slowing for the vehicle that was waiting to turn. The pick-up truck was then struck from behind by a southbound Honda Accord causing the truck to enter the northbound lane where it was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Parkin said the truck driver, described as a 68-year-old man, had to be extricated from the pick-up. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital by Mayo One in critical condition. Parkin said the man was in surgery and is expected to survive his injuries.
The driver of the northbound vehicle, described as a 33-year-old woman, had a 5-year-old boy in her vehicle. They were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries, Parkin said.
Authorities identified the Accord driver as 24-year-old Dylan Yocum of Houston, MN. Parkin said deputies at the scene detected an odor of marijuana from Yocum and called a drug-recognition officer to the scene. He was then arrested after interacting with the drug officer.
Parkin said Yocum also has an active arrest warrant for failing to appear in a Wabasha County Court case. Yocum was evaluated at St. Mary’s Hospital then booked into the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation and on the active arrest warrant.
Parkin said investigators obtained a warrant to draw a sample of Yocum’s blood that’s since been sent to the Minnesota BCA for further testing. He said the next steps in the case are pending the blood draw results and findings from the Forensic Mapping Until which was called to the scene to further investigate the crash.
Previous version: Emergency responders were on the scene of a three-vehicle crash along North Broadway Ave. in rural Northeast Rochester Monday night.
Very little information is available, however the wreck was reported near the road’s intersection with Ridge Dr. Northeast. Dispatch traffic indicates one of the vehicles had rolled over.
A witness reported seeing Mayo One at the scene. Dispatch audio indicates a male patient was airlifted from the scene to St. Mary’s Hospital in critical condition.
Two others were evaluated at the scene and not transported for further care, according to dispatchers. The Rochester Police Department and Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office was at the scene.
The Rochester Police Department plans to release more information regarding the crash at a later time.
This is a developing story. Stay with KROC News for more updates.