COTTON MN Jan 29 2017— One person was transported to an area hospital Thursday after an armored truck rolled over around 6:30 a.m. at milepost 42 on Highway 53 just north of Cotton, according to Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis.
The armored Loomis truck was going northbound on Highway 53, crossed through the median and ended up in the southbound lane after rolling, Lewis said in a telephone interview.
The armored truck was on its side and firefighters and first responders were able to extricate the victims. There were two occupants in the armored truck, one of which was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A secondary accident occurred within a mile of the scene. There were no injuries in that vehicle.
Both accidents were caused by icy roadway conditions.
“When you try to gain access to an armored vehicle it can be very time consuming and difficult,” commented Lewis. Therefore, when the call concerning the accident was received, “we stacked a lot of resources on it,” Lewis said.
Lewis does not regularly go out for vehicle accidents, but he has experience with armored trucks. His knowledge helped with the rescue and management of the accident, he added.
The Virginia, Eveleth, Cotton and Ellsburg Township fire departments responded, along with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Minnesota State Patrol and Virginia Ambulance.