Updated: Tuesday Morning Crash in Orono Kills One

State patrol says Oakdale man's car careened into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by a semi.

Updated at 3:12 p.m.

Authorities have formally identified the driver killed in this morning's accident on Hwy. 12 near the Long Lake/Orono border.

Bruno Sagnweu, 37 of Oakdale, was driving a 1992 Honda Accord westbound on Hwy. 12 when the car lost control around 6:45 a.m. near County Road 6. Sagnweu's car struck a roadside wall and veered into oncoming traffic, where it was broadsided by a semi truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Highway 12 near the border of Orono and Long Lake was shut down in both directions following the crash and remained closed nearly three hours later. Traffic was being detoured around the scene via Wayzata Boulevard West.

The road closure caused significant delays during this morning's rush hour.

Road conditions were wet at the time of the accident, and the crash is being described as a broadside.

The State Patrol has identified the driver of the semi truck as 60-year-old Dale Poirie of Dassal, MN. Poirie did not suffer any apparant injuries, according to the State Patrol.

First responders from a variety of departments were dispatched to the scene, including the Long Lake Fire Department, Orono Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and an air care unit.

Patch will have additional details as they become available. 

maple plain resident June 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
oh no! Is this the same section of road that they worked on last weekend? restripe and rumble installed to try and improve safety on this stretch
Brad Kadue June 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I passed the accident scene no more than 10 minutes after it occurred. I knew immediately there was a fatality, no way a person could have survived that crash. Very sad.
Jay Corn June 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This is such a tragic story. At least two safety improvement projects have been planned this summer for the area. http://patch.com/A-sm9g Also, this stretch of Hwy. 12 received a lot of scrutiny last year after three people were killed in an accident close by http://patch.com/A-kLcL Why have there been so many accidents in the area?
dave nelson June 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Maybe if they had built it the way it should have been, 4 lanes, these deaths would not have occurred.
John June 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
How many more deaths will it take before someone admits that they have created a deadly scenario on Highway 12 and put a divider in the highway. Personally, I think it's ridiculous that they did all that work for a two lane road....and now look what we bought. I'm sure that lawsuits will be coming.
Linda Hansen June 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I will not use this road. When I lived in Long Lake and they were starting this project I asked someone at City Hall why in the world are they only putting in two lanes?? The answer was that the previous Mayor, or maybe two or three Mayors ago, it was allowed for the highway to bypass and go through the town if it was only two lanes. It did not make sense in today;s world. Make it 4 lanes and put a barrier down the middle. It is a very dangerous speedway!!!!!
Mad as Hell June 20, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Living in Long Lake, and dealing for years with the imbecilic incompetence of MNdot, it is no wonder this highway is so ineffective and dangerous. These had to be some of the most close minded engineers, planners and heads of projects to date in the state of Minnesota. Talking to the planners, was like talkng to the concrete that has taken the lives of these, and more to come.
Juguido MAKMED Sameli June 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Rest in peace my brother-in-law. Your wife, daughter and i still love you.
Tayha October 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM
So sorry. Just passed this site. I am so sorry for the family and the loss they must now face and journey if healing.


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