Round Bales Cause Nicollet County Crash 19 Feb 14

Round bales falling off a semi trailer in Nicollet County caused a rear-end crash that injured a Willmar man Tuesday evening.

48-year-old Peter McKenzie was taken to Sibley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to the State Patrol, a Villard man was driving a semi with a load of round bales northbound on Highway 22 when four of the bales fell off the trailer.  40-year-old Thomas Podratz of Gaylord, who was directly behind the semi swerved to avoid the bales and came to rest of the southbound shoulder.  The third vehicle, driven by McKenzie, also swerved to avoid the bales but crashed into the Podratz vehicle in the process.

Podratz and the semi driver were not injured.

The crash happened just before 8pm.