UPDATE: Kenneth Taylor died as a result of his injuries on Wednesday, Aug. 26. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Ogilvie Fire Hall/Civic Center. Following the celebration, the Ogilvie Fire Department will give Taylor a final ride. All are welcome to follow.
Kenneth V. Taylor, a long-time Ogilvie City Council member, firefighter and member of the Ogilvie Lions was hospitalized in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash on Hwy 65.
At approximately 10:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, Taylor was southbound in a minivan on Hwy. 65, waiting to turn left into a business near Stanchfield.
According to the incident report by the Minnesota State Patrol, Taylor’s van was rear-ended by a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Terry D. Kringen, 75, of Grasston. This pushed Taylor’s van into the northbound lane. Taylor’s van was then struck by a northbound 2019 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
Taylor, age 59, suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Regions Hospital where he is in critical condition.
Kringen suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Cambridge Medical Center.
The driver of the 2019 Dodge Ram was Justin G. Bergerson, 40, of Mequon, Wisconsin. Bergerson was uninjured.
All persons were wearing seat belts; alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, MN State Patrol, Life Link III and Braham Fire Department responded to the crash. The incident closed the highway to traffic for approximately five hours.