by Debbie Griffin
A 79-year-old Coon Rapids woman was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale Thursday, May 25, after the 2017 Maserati Maser she was driving caught fire after she pulled out in front of a semitrailer and was hit on Highway 169 north of Zimmerman near Lake Fremont.
The northbound lane of Highway 169 was closed for about eight hours while the Minnesota State Patrol completed an investigation into the crash.
According to the State Patrol, a semitrailer driven by Mark Grover, 60, of Grand Rapids, was traveling northbound on Highway 169 north of 273rd Avenue at 65 mph. The Maserati, driven by Seyan Swanson, was stopped on the right shoulder when the Maserati suddenly accelerated into the left lane of traffic, where it was struck by the semitrailer.
Grover was taken by ambulance to Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton with minor injuries. Swanson was airlifted by North Air Care to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
The crash was reported at 1:23 p.m. The State Patrol closed the two northbound lanes of Highway 169 between Sherburne County Road 4/Fremont Avenue in Zimmerman and Sherburne County Road 9 in Baldwin Township. Highway 169 reopened about 9:30 p.m., according to J.P. Gillach, communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s St. Cloud office. — (Editor’s note: Jeff Hage contributed to this story.)