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Accident closes County Road 42

Both sides of County Road 42 were closed this morning after an accident involving several vehicles.

Two accidents occurred along County Road 42 this morning closing both lanes near Highway 52.

The first accident happened at approximately 9:22 a.m. and involved a roll over. Dylan Skov, 21, was driving a Jeep Cherokee westbound when he left the roadway and rolled. The Inver Grove Heights resident was wearing his seat belt and sustained only minor injuries, according to a press release from the Rosemount Police Department.

About 10 minutes later, an ambulance responding to the first accident was struck by a Ford Explorer. The vehicle then rolled. The driver Trevor Johnson, 31, of Rosemount, sustained only minor injuries and was wearing his seatbelt as well.

Along with Rosemount Police and Fire, the Apple Valley Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Health East Ambulance responded to the scene. The Rosemount Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol will continue to investigate the crashes.

Police chief Eric Werner said seat belt use likely prevented the accident from being much more serious.

"Using seat belts will save lives. Today was an example of a very serious accident in which the results could have been tragic if seat belts weren't being worn," said Werner.

The Rosemount Police Department, along with 400 other law enforcement agencies statewide, recently finished a Click it or Ticket campaign to encourage motorists to buckle up. According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Safety unbuckled motorists account for a large portion of the traffic fatalities in Minnesota. In the last three years, 852 people have died in traffic accidents in Minnesota. Of those 42 percent were not wearing seatbelts.

Minnesota law requires that both drivers and passengers wear seat belts.