Two accidents at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 43 shut down traffic for several hours last week, making it a slow commute for many area workers.
The Winona Police Department, Winona Fire Department, Winona Area Ambulance Services and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the first accident around 11 a.m. Wednesday after two vehicles collided near Bundy Boulevard and Highway 61.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, Eli M. Glor, 26, of Winona, driver of a Dodge Caravan, was crossing over Highway 61 from Bundy Boulevard.
Katelynn J. Kluver, 17, of Winona, was southbound on Highway 61 when her Pontiac Grand AM struck the rear passenger side of Glorís vehicle.
Both Glor, Kluver and Kluverís passenger, Mallory J. Jackels, 20, of Lewiston, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Winona Health via ambulance.
At 9:05 a.m. Thursday, all four departments responded to a second accident involving a vehicle and motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 43.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, Mary A. Andress, 63, of Fountain City, Wis., was southbound on Highway 43 in a Suburu Outback when she collided with a motorcycle driven northbound on Highway 43 by Gary L. Olson, 63, his wife, Rhonda Olson, 59, was a passenger. Both of Wausau, Wis.
Gary Olson was transported to St. Marys Hospital via ambulance and is listed in critical condition. Rhonda Olson was transported to Winona Health for non-life-threatening injuries. Andress did not sustain any injuries.
Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Christina Krueger said the crash is still under investigation and in serious injury accidents, the case is turned over to the county attorney to decide if any citations will be given.