Cause of fatal accident still unknownLaw enforcement officials still don’t know what happened during a fatal two-car accident Friday about 10 miles southwest of Cloquet.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Law enforcement officials still don’t know what happened during a fatal two-car accident Friday about 10 miles southwest of Cloquet.
On Wednesday morning, Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said her department is waiting for the Minnesota State Patrol to complete its accident reconstruction, a process that could take weeks, she said. There were no witnesses either, she said, declining to speculate on the cause of the accident.
Todd Richard Nelson, 44, of Carlton was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that was reported about 1:35 p.m. at the intersection of County Roads 4 and 5 — near Finke’s Berry Farm — in Blackhoof Township, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office said.
The driver of the other vehicle, Randall Fred Palmi, 42, of Barnum was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where he was listed in stable condition on Saturday. Lake did not know if Palmi was still hospitalized Wednesday.
Nelson was a 1986 graduate of Duluth Central High School and a graduate of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He also served in Bosnia, Norway and Iraq as a soldier in the U.S. Army and was working as a corrections officer in the prison system. Visitation is today (Thursday) at Atkins-Northland Funeral home with the funeral at 1 p.m. Friday.
Carlton County sheriff’s deputies, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Blackhoof Fire Department, Carlton Fire and Ambulance and Cloquet Ambulance responded to the scene.