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State Patrol: Alcohol Involved in Mitchell Bridge Crash

June 22, 2017 08:31 PM

The Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was involved in a crash Wednesday on Southbound Highway 169 on Mitchell Bridge in Hibbing.  The crash happened around 9:34 a.m. Wednesday.  According to the State Patrol, a vehicle traveling south hit a MnDOT street sweeper that was working in the left lane of the bridge.

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The driver initially struck a plow truck, which was part of the warning crew, before hitting the street sweeper.

On Thursday, the state patrol released the name of the driver of the car as 43-year-old Ronald Calvin Hill, of Keewatin. He has life-threatening injuries, and is hospitalized in Duluth.

According to the patrol, alcohol was involved.

Hill was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the past, and served prison time for the death of Julie Cloud. According to court records, he has several DWI convictions on his record.

The driver of the street sweeper, Jill Besch, 54, of Soudan, has injuries that are not life-threatening, according to the patrol.

The driver of the plow truck was not hurt.

On Wednesday, traffic waiting on Northbound Highway 169 took turns with the re-routed southbound traffic, which was diverted onto Grace Road. Drivers trying to get to and from the Kitzville neighborhood also took turns.

One man visiting his sister in Kitzeville said the Mitchell Bridge has always been dangerous.

Jeremy Dahl told us, "I think they should lower the speed limit, and put double yellow lines on it. There are accidents here all the time."

As for using caution around MnDOT vehicles, he said, "People should slow down and  move over."

The scene was cleared by around 1:30pm. 

 

 


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