Five cars were involved in a chain reaction crash Thursday on U.S. Highway 14 just west of Rochester.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, five vehicles were westbound on Highway 14 just after 4 p.m. when a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Jodie Lee Starch, 50, of Mantorville stopped in the left lane because ducks were in the road.

Rex Charles Schmidt, 80, and his passenger Sharon Louise Schmidt, 78, both of Bloomington, were transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries.

No one else involved in the crash was injured.

State Patrol does not recommend stopping on freeways for animals, said Lt. Gordon Shank, public information officer for Minnesota State Patrol.

“Stopping on the freeway for animals can cause other crashes and the person runs the risk of potentially being hit by another vehicle while outside of their vehicle,” said Shank.

However he said state patrol defers recommendations for dealing with animals on local roadways to local or county agencies.

Agri News Reporter

Noah joined the Post Bulletin staff in 2018 as a regional and Agri News reporter, and has covered Southeast Minnesota as regional and sports reporter since 2016. He enjoys talking to farmers, playing basketball and watching HBO.