A 24-year-old St. Francis man was listed in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center early this week following a three-vehicle collision near Isanti April 15 that involved an Allina ambulance. Curtis Poeppel was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Co. Rd. 5 when it was struck broadside by an Allina ambulance en route to an emergency call.
According to the State Patrol, the ambulance, driven by Eric Arvidson, 30, of Fridley had its emergency lights flashing as it drove northbound on Hwy. 65 just after 6 p.m. Arvidson slowed the ambulance to about 30 mph as he drove through the intersection at Co. Rd. 5.
Proceeding through the intersection, the ambulance then struck the Poeppel vehicle which spun out and struck a 2006 Ford mini-van driven by Christine Larkin, 37, of Harris that was westbound on Co. Rd. 5 and turning to go northbound on Hwy. 65.
Poeppel was airlifted to North Memorial where Larkin was also treated for minor injuries. Arvidson and another Allina employee who was a passenger in the ambulance, Ross Benzen, 24, of Braham, were transported to Cambridge Medical Center for evaluation of neck and back pain. Neither were seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation by the State Patrol.