Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Canadian Trucking Magazine crew on road to recovery

We wanted to give a shout-out to our friends at Canadian Trucking Magazine, who suffered serious but (thankfully) non-life-threatening injuries in a car crash on their way home from the Mid-America Trucking Show on Sunday.

According to a report in the Faribault Daily News, the four-person crew from CTM, including editor Dave MacKenzie, Robert MacKenzie, Daniel Belinski, and his daughter, 15-year-old Hannah Belinski – all of Manitoba, Canada – were all injured when their SUV was struck head-on at 4:14 p.m. Sunday by a passenger vehicle on Interstate 35 near mile post 55 in Faribault, Minn.

As of Tuesday morning, all of the crew except for Hannah Belinski were out of the hospital, according to a Facebook post shared on the magazine's page from editor MacKenzie. He said the crew hoped to be back on the road home Tuesday, and thanked people for their prayers and well wishes.

A total of seven people were injured in the crash. According to a report from the state patrol, a southbound Toyota Scion with three people in it attempted to make a U-turn at an emergency vehicle crossover on I-35 and pulled out into the northbound lanes in front of the Nissan Armada SUV driven by MacKenzie. According to a post on the magazine's Facebook page, the impact caused the Toyota to roll over several times and forced the Nissan into a ditch.

The driver of the Toyota, Jessica Smith, 28, of Austin, Minn., and one of her passengers, 22-year-old Ashton Hoskins, of Minneapolis, were transported to a local hospital in Faribault, while the other Scion passenger, Catherine Pelowski, 26, of Rochester, was taken to the Mayo Clinic St. Mary's Campus in Rochester.

Dave MacKenzie, Robert MacKenzie and Hannah Belinski were transported to a local Faribault hospital, while Daniel Belinski was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in St. Paul.

Photos of the crash and of some of the injuries shared on the magazine's social media seemed grim, but by Tuesday the tone had softened considerably, with the magazine even sharing a meme that playfully ribbed MacKenzie's driving, and joked that despite the accident, he'd always have a place to work at a certain mega-fleet.

Here's to a safe and speedy recovery for Dave and the rest of the CTM crew. Safe travels on the journey home.