UPDATE: Pine Island woman dies after crash

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UPDATE: Those with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office say 87-year-old Joan Morrison, of Pine Island, died after a crash last Thursday morning.

Authorities say she was in critical condition when she was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. According to the Sheriff’s Office, she was entering a curvy part of County Road 3 NW in New Haven Township when she crossed the centerline and hit a Ford Escape.

Previous coverage below. 

OLMSTED CO., Minn. – A Rochester woman was saved by a stranger from a fiery crash in New Haven Township on Thursday morning.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the 8500 block of County Road 3 NW. Investigators say 87-year-old Joan Morrison, of Pine Island, was southbound in a 1997 GMC Safari entering a curvy part of the road when she crossed the centerline and hit a 2003 Ford Escape driven by 19-year-old Ryan Kohlmeyer, of rural Oronoco.

After the crash, the Ford Escape started on fire with a passenger unable to get out, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. An unidentified passerby extinguished the fire and helped remove 19-year-old Lauren Saner, of Rochester. She was later transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with a serious leg injury.

Morrison, who is currently listed in critical condition, was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived and was extricated and transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by Mayo One. Her passenger, 55-year-old Robert Rippentrop, of Pine Island, suffered a minor injury but refused treatment.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Pine Island Fire and Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance and Mayo One all responded to the scene.

Olmsted County Sheriff Scott Behrns said all the fire crews worked diligently to free Morrison and, “We are also very thankful to the unidentified passerby that extinguished the fire and helped to free Ms. Saner from the vehicle. To that person we say ‘thank you’ for putting yourself in harm’s way to help someone else.”

 

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