A fatal accident occurred Sunday morning about 11 a.m. on I-35 and Highway 8, near Forest Lake, Minnesota (Washington County). A Chevy pick-up truck was northbound when the driver lost control and started to roll. It rolled into a southbound Toyota Camry. The car flipped and landed upside down.
The two people from the car were pronounced dead at the scene. They were James Holland, 45, of Chanhassen and his son, Jude Holland, 4.
The driver of the pick-up truck, Eric Sprouse, 19, was ejected from his truck and sustained critical injuries. He was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The passenger, Dustin Covey, 20, sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Fairview Hospital, Wyoming.
The Minnesota State Patrol, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, and Forest Lake Police Department were all on the scene. Interstate 35 was completely shutdown for two hours. A medical helicopter landed on the freeway to assist and transported the driver of the truck. Traffic was rerouted to Highway 61. The northbound lanes were reopened about 1 p.m. Southbound lanes were finally cleared and opened about 4 p.m.
Alcohol is not suspected in the accident.
Minnesota Car Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney
After a tragic car accident, everything is difficult. Your world is shattered. It takes everything you’ve got to just put one foot after the other to get through the day. It is vital to takes the steps necessary to protect what is left of your future. Evidence needs to be gathered, witnesses interviewed, and your rights protected. If someone dies in an accident due to the negligence of another, the next of kin may file a wrongful death claim to receive compensation for:
- medical expenses
- funeral expenses
- loss of companionship
- loss of advice
- loss of potential earnings