Driver flees accident by Belgrade (VIDEO included)
A manhunt is underway in the Belgrade area after the driver involved in a two-car accident west of Belgrade fled on foot on the morning of Saturday, July 30.
The accident took place at approximately 10:40 a.m. involving a mid-2000s model Chevrolet Equinox (gray color) and a mid-2000s model Chevrolet Impala (silver color). The vehicles were driving in opposite directions and collided about one mile west of Belgrade on Highway 55. It is unclear right now which directions they were traveling. When First Responders arrived, the Impala was sitting on the north side of Highway 55, on the shoulder, facing east. The Equinox was partially in the northside ditch and on the shoulder facing northeast.
Miraculously, the vehicles did not meet in a head-on crash. Rather, the Equinox's driver's side front corner swiped the driver's side of the Impala. Nearly the full driver's side of the Impala received damage. On the Equinox, the damage was centered more on the front driver's side of the vehicle. Both drivers appeared to walk away without serious injuries, and the Equinox driver fled on foot. Multiple airplanes were seen hovering over the skies as law enforcement set a manhunt into motion to find the Equinox driver.
Eyewitness reports say that the Equinox driver was female. It was confirmed that the license plates on the Equinox are Minnesota plates. The Impala driver, who is from the Belgrade area, was male.
Responding to the scene were the Glacial Ridge Ambulance, the Belgrade Fire Department, the Brooten Fire Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and Stearns and Pope County Sheriff deputies. A "Search and Rescue" crew was also called out by State Patrol to assist with the hunt for the Equinox driver.
Stay tuned for updates. Note: an official preliminary report from the Minnesota State Patrol has not been released as of 15:00.
Update on Saturday evening: the scene has been cleared, but a Minnesota State Patrol officer remains parked at the accident site. No word on if the Equinox driver has been apprehended yet.
Update late on Saturday night: the driver of the Chevy Equinox was found by a farmer in the area. We don't have additional confirmed information on her identity, her condition or the status of any potential charges for fleeing the scene of an accident.