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One hurt in Highway 3 crash

Farmington firefighters clean up after a Monday evening accident that resulted in one driver being taken to the hospital.

One person received injuries in a three-car accident that closed a section of Highway 3 in Empire township Monday.

The accident occurred around 5:25 p.m., when a southbound tan Chevrolet HHR was struck from behind by a white Camry LE. According to Minnesota State Patrol trooper Bridget Heaton, the Chevrolet was driven by a woman who was stopped, waiting to turn left onto 197th Street West in Empire Township. The Camry was also southbound on Highway 3. The driver did not see the woman's vehicle had come to a complete stop and was not able to stop his vehicle in time. He struck the Chevrolet, pushing it into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a third vehicle.

Farmington fire/rescue and Allina ALF Ambulance responded to the scene. Farmington police also responded as mutual aid, closing off the highway while the accident was cleared. The Camry and Chevrolet were both towed from the scene. Highway 3 was closed for approximately half an hour, opening again after 6 p.m.

The woman who was driving the Chevrolet was transported to an area hospital, though Heaton could not say which one. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured in the crash. Only one person was in each vehicle.

At the scene, Heaton would not release the identities of the three individuals involved in the crash.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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