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Another fatal at Hwy. 52 and County 9

by Ken Haggerty

Curtis J. Flom, 27, Nerstrand, was killed in an accident at U.S. Hwy. 52 and Goodhue County Road 9 on Tuesday, October 18 just after 7 a.m.

Flom, driving a '98 Sonoma pick-up, was apparently eastbound on County 9 when he collided with a car northbound on Hwy. 52, according to early State Patrol reports.

The northbound car, an '02 Volkswagen Golf, was driven by Heidi Connoly, 51, Rochester. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Flom was partially ejected from his vehicle. The State Patrol says he was not wearing a seatbelt and that he probably could have survived the accident if he had been.

Wanamingo Fire Rescue responded to the scene. A North Memorial helicopter was called onto the scene as was a Cannon Falls ambulance. State Patrol, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Cannon Falls Police were at the accident scene as well.

A Chicago couple westbound on County 9 was killed at the same intersection on October 8 when they were hit by two Rochester drivers headed southbound.

MnDOT and the University of Minnesota have been running an experimental traffic sign project at the intersection with high tech sensors and computer imaging meant to give drivers an idea of when it is safe to cross.

The intersection is on the priority list, but not in the most recent top five, of projects that a working group of officials from Olmsted, Goodhue and Dakota counties have targeted for safety improvements on the Hwy. 52 corridor between the Cities and Rochester.

Goodhue County public works director, Greg Isakson, said Tuesday that "it's time for the federal government to step forward and fund some of these projects to take care of these projects on U.S. Highways."

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