Emergency medical technicians assist the injured driver of a Pontiac Sunbird on a wet and rainy Monday in front of Taco John's at the corner of Main Street and Prospect Avenue in Albert Lea. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune
Emergency medical technicians assist the injured driver of a Pontiac Sunbird on a wet and rainy Monday in front of Taco John's at the corner of Main Street and Prospect Avenue in Albert Lea. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Car crashes cause injuries

Published 4:12pm Monday, April 22, 2013

The driver of a Pontiac Sunbird was severely injured Monday afternoon as a storm delivered wind and cold rain to Albert Lea.

A westbound semi was waiting to turn south from East Main Street onto Prospect Avenue, which apparently blocked the view of the driver of the Sunbird, according to the Albert Lea Police Department. This prevented the driver from seeing a westbound Dodge Durango.

The two collided on East Main Street near the junction with Prospect Avenue sometime after 3:30 p.m. The Durango remained on East Main, while the Sunbird coasted toward the outside seating area of Taco John’s. However, it stopped inches away from the restaurant’s fence.

Albert Lea police listed Thomas Adam Dietz, 17, as the driver of the Sunbird and Jennifer Louise Johnson, 32, as the driver of the Durango. Dietz was placed on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.

The crash took place at 3:32 p.m.

Emergency medical technicians from the Albert Lea hospital and firefighters from Albert Lea Fire Department assisted the Albert Lea Police Department at the site of the crash. A steady rain was falling. The air temperature was 41 degrees.

The Albert Lea police were investigating this crash as of press time. More details will be available by the Wednesday edition.

There was a second crash Monday at 3:41 p.m. at Bridge Avenue and Pilot Road, with one woman taken away by an ambulance.

Jody Newman, 42, was driving a 2008 Toyota Prius northbound on Bridge and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi that was stopped to turn west on Pilot Road. The Pontiac’s driver was Debra Hall, 54, according to the Police Department.

An ambulance transported Newman away following the crash, the police report states.