UPDATE: 3-vehicle injury crash blamed on mayfly-covered roadway
HAGER CITY -- A Rochester, Minn., woman was transported to a Red Wing hospital with undisclosed injuries late Sunday night after the car in which was a passenger was struck by another that had lost control on pavement made slick by mayflies, Pierce sheriff's deputies reported Monday.
Cynthia L. Pauly, 51, was transported by Red Wing Fire Dept. ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Wing following the 10:25 p.m. crash on Hwy. 63 near the Eisenhower bridge, between the Back Channel and Red Wing.
Deputy Andrew Thoms said in a press release that Theresa L. Hunt, 24, of Ellsworth, was northbound in her 1995 Crown Victoria when she lost control on a the slippery roadway. Visibility was also limited by a large hatch of flies, according to Thoms.
Hunt's car struck a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Scott D. Pauly, 52, of Rochester, and also struck a 2009 Chrysler minivan being driven by Tanya M. Lapointe, 35, of Baldwin. Neither Scott Pauly, Lapointe or a passenger in the van, Jeremy A. Gedatus, 43, of Baldwin, were injured.
Al Thoner, patrol superintendent with the Pierce County Highway Dept., said an employee responded with a plow-equipped maintenance truck and scraped and sanded the Back Channel bridge deck. Since maintenance of the Eisenhower Bridge is the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation's responsibility, Pierce didn't intervene there.
Although Thoner said there were many mayflies in the area of Eisenhower Bridge, they were no where near as abundant as early July, 2004 when a multi-car accident closed the road for several hours and flies were thick enough to require plowing.
Thoms said Hunt did receive injuries but declined medical attention.
Red Wing police and firefighters also assisted at the scene Sunday night.