UPDATE: Name released in Oxford Street fatality
11:30 a.m. Tuesday
WORTHINGTON -- According to Worthington Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey, 67-year-old Mary Ellen Hanbury was killed Monday when the vehicle she was a passenger in rear-ended a car stopped at the traffic lights at the intersection of Oxford Street and Humiston Avenue, often referred to in Worthington as the "big corner."
The crash that involved six vehicles took place at approximately 1:56 p.m. Monday and is still under investigation. Authorities believe one vehicle failed to stop for traffic and hit a car already stopped, which set off a chain of crashes from other vehicles waiting for the light to change. They were all eastbound on Oxford Street at the time of the incident.
Nine people were taken by ambulance to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, and three of those were airlifted to another hospital. Worthington, Adrian and Fulda Ambulance were called to the scene for assistance, along with Worthington Rescue.
The Worthington Police Department has requested an accident reconstruction expert from the Minnesota State Patrol to help with the active investigation, but Cumiskey said the results of the reconstruction will not be available right away. Currently, the factors contributing to the crash are not known. In accordance with state regulations involving a fatal crash, blood samples were drawn from all drivers involved.
A property damage call regarding a vehicle that had hit a mailbox was reported shortly after the crash occurred. That incident is tied in with the crash. A second crash, reported at 3:02 p.m. as an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Oxford Street and Smith Avenue, was reported as being caused due to the diversion of traffic from the Oxford/Humiston crash.