Accident report for the week ending Nov. 21
A crop fire burned about five acres of vegetation in a field at the intersection of 110th Street and Neil Avenue. Firefighters responded to the call at 6:01 p.m. Nov. 16. A bearing on a stock chopper seized up and caused sparks that ignited the remains of corn stalks that had been previously harvested. There were no injuries. Firefighters were on scene about one hour.
Three vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision at 8 a.m. Nov. 17 at the intersection of Sixth Street and Highway 61. Alexandra Chambers, 23 of Hastings, told police she had been looking down when traffic on northbound Highway 61 slowed. She was unable to stop and struck the vehicle in front of her, which in turn was pushed into the vehicle in front of it. There were no injuries. Chambers was cited for inattentive driving.
At 5:43 p.m. Nov. 18, police responded to a crash at General Sieben and Northridge drivs. Adam Girgen, 30 of Hastings, was distracted while driving northbound on General Sieben Drive and struck a legally parked, unoccupied vehicle. There were no injuries.
The Hastings Fire Department was called to provide mutual aid to the Miesville Fire Department for a building fire in Eggleston. Hastings provided water.
Two vehicles collided at 5:19 p.m. Nov. 19 at the intersection of General Sieben Drive and 15th Street. Jean Kummer, 78 of Hastings, was stopped at the stop sign and proceeded to make a left turn. She crashed into Marlys Mamer, 49 of Hastings. Mamer had also stopped and proceeded, crashing into Kummer. Neither driver saw the other vehicle. There were no injuries.
Chad Olson, 32 of Hastings, lost control of his vehicle at 9:28 a.m. Nov. 20 after hitting a patch of ice in the 900 block of 36th Street. Olson slid into a fire hydrant, which was broken completely off. Police called the city to sand and salt the area and see to the damaged hydrant.
One vehicle was towed after a crash at 10:17 a.m. Nov. 18 at the intersection of 160th Street and Pleasant Drive. Michael Chapeau, 42 of Hastings, was stopped at a stop sign waiting to turn west onto 160th Street.
A vehicle turning north onto Pleasant Drive blocked the view of another vehicle approaching. Chapeau told police he tried to back out of the intersection but couldn't get out in time. Jeanette Leonard, 74 of River Falls, said she didn't see Chapeau's vehicle until the collision.
Neither driver was injured. One passenger suffered minor cuts caused by a deployed airbag. Leonard's vehicle was towed. No citations were issued.
The Hastings police and fire departments responded to a two vehicle crash at 3:36 p.m. Nov. 15 at the intersection of General Sieben Drive and Steeple Lane.
Janet Hartman, 27 of Buffalo, was driving northbound on General Sieben Drive when she dropped a CD on the floor and reached down to retrieve it. As she did so, she swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting Jennifer Quade, 43 of Cannon Falls, head-on. Both drivers were transported to Regina Medical Center. Hartman was cited for inattentive driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, small amount of marijuana and driving with no insurance.
Information for this report is obtained from both the Hastings Police and Fire Departments.