The Missouri State Patrol recently released the name of the individual who was killed in a fatal car crash that occurred on the September 13 in Golden Valley. The man was identified as Joseph W. Johnson of LeSueur, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Lesueur was driving the cab of his semi when the accident occurred, wherein his truck veered off the road and into a pole, where it then burst into flames. Witnesses stated that they saw the car burst into flames before the man could escape from the vehicle. Four individuals were involved in the crash. As a result of accidents such as this one it may be necessary to contact semi truck accident attorneys.
Seventy-two year old Leo Kuglin was in one of the vehicles and was driving a 2006 Mazda Tribute, heading south, while a 2008 Ford CVR driven by 25-year-old Axas Yang was traveling west. The third vehicle involved had 66 year old Shirley Knutson in her Plymouth who was heading eastbound. The fourth was a Ford Conventional semi truck that was also headed westbound.
According to the State Patrol report, Kunston had turned left through a red light. The semi, heading West, struck Knutson and hit a pole before it burst into flames and trapping Johnson inside the cab where he perished. Knutson was pushed into Yang's vehicle and hit a median pylon. Kuglin escaped the injury with only minor damage, despite being struck by the semi.
Knuston and Yang did not have their conditions listed, but reports came in that Knuston was taken to the North Memorial Medical Center and was in stable condition, despite sustaining serious injuries.
The highway was shut down on the 55 and 169 as the first responders came onto the scene and crews came to clean up the wreckage. Investigators spend much of the day looking over evidence to determine the cause of the crash.