Road Conditions Cause of Fatal Crash in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

Road Conditions Cause of Fatal Crash in Duluth

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth Police say that road conditions were the primary contributing factor in the fatal crash on April 12 that left two people dead.

39-year-old Susan Jean Schmitt, of Two Harbors, and 36-year-old Jeremy Michael Bohlin of Duluth, were killed after the trailblazer they were traveling in spun sideways and slid into oncoming traffic, hitting a tow truck.

Neither Bohlin nor Schmitt were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Police say the driving lanes of the road were generally clear with spots of slush accumulating on the center line and shoulder of the road. Schmitt's vehicle traveled into an area of the road where slush accumulated causing the vehicle to lose control, spin out and cross over into the on-coming lane of travel where it was struck by the northbound tow truck.

The driver of the tow truck, 45-year-old Daniel Rabold, was taken to Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital but was treated and released.

The final results of the crash investigation are still pending.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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