Two-vehicle crash on Highway 52 in Rochester backed up rush hour traffic Wednesday

A 31-year-old woman was transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries.

A two-vehicle crash injured one person on Highway 52 near 37th Street Northwest in Rochester on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
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ROCHESTER — A two-vehicle crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, on U.S. Highway 52 at 37th Street in Rochester.

Both the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe were driving northbound in the right lane of Highway 52 when traffic slowed and the Hyundai rear-ended the Honda, according to the Minnesota State Patrol crash report.

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31-year-old Megan Elizabeth Mentzel, of Rochester, the driver of the Hyundai, was transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries. The Hyundai’s airbag didn’t deploy after the crash.

The driver of the Honda, 33-year-old Stephanie Marie Dodge, of Rochester, was uninjured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Services also responded.

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