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UPDATE: Scandia Firefighter Dies after Highway 36 Crash at Manning Avenue

A 42-year-old Scandia man died after a crash on Highway 36 near Manning Avenue this morning in Lake Elmo, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A 42-year-old Scandia man died today after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 36 at Manning Avenue.

John R. Larson, a Scandia firefighter, was driving eastbound on Highway 36 in a 1997 Saturn, and had a green arrow to go northbound on Manning Avenue, according to the State Patrol, when he was broad-sided by a 2010 Dodge Caravan driven by Kenneth Tougaw, 40, of Bayport.

Larson died as a result of the crash, according to the State Patrol. Tougaw reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Larson was a White Bear Lake native and a nine-year member of the Scandia Fire and Rescue Department, according to the Pioneer Press. He was also the rescue training captain.

"John loved being a volunteer firefighter," Scandia Fire Chief Jim Finnegan told the Pioneer Press. "He was very passionate about it. As rescue captain, he wanted to advance our medical protocol to the next level. He was a serious guy, but being the rescue captain, with the medical side of it, his compassion came out too."

He is survived by his wife, Paula, and three children.

UPDATED FROM: Thursday, Feb. 28 12:30 p.m.

A 42-year-old Marine on St. Croix man died today after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 36 at Manning Avenue, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

John R. Larson was driving eastbound on Highway 36 in a 1997 Saturn, and had a green arrow to go northbound on Manning Avenue, according to the State Patrol, when he was broad-sided by a 2010 Dodge Caravan driven by Kenneth Tougaw, 40, of Bayport.

Larson died as a result of the crash, according to the State Patrol. Tougaw reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The crash was reported at 6:07 a.m. A portion of Highway 36 was closed until about 8 a.m.

UPDATED FROM: Feb 28 2013 08:53am

Highway 36 just reopened after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 36 and Manning Avenue this morning.

One person was transported from the scene with serious injuries, Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said. The crash occurred just after 6 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

More information should be available shortly, Roeske said.

Tara February 28, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Thanks for posting. I drove by this today and it was really terrible. Saying lots of prayers for the person with serious injuries.
Dave February 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Our prayers are with the family as the man from Scandia has passed :(
Shawn Hogendorf February 28, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Did you know him, Dave? The State Patrol says he was from Marine, but I know that information is inaccurate from time to time.
yomammy February 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
another distracted driving incident?
Asset218 February 28, 2013 at 08:22 PM
So terrible! Prayers go out to the families involved. My daugther turns 16 in a little over a month and I don't want her driving on these roads!
OLD MORT February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Took a 55 alive class last year and the guy teaching the class said: "Just because a light turns green or an arrow turns green doesn't mean it's safe to go. Look before you pull out or make the turn." Thousands of people are killed each year in the USA because they trust the traffic lights. "Look both ways or to uncoming traffic before you go. To hell with the person behind you tooting his horn for you to get going!"
Dave February 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Yes, long time Fireman. John Larson
Shawn Hogendorf February 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Thanks, Dave. I appreciate it. My condolences.
Shawn Hogendorf February 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Thanks Dave. My condolences.
Nicole McDermott February 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM
This is so awful, my prayers go out to all involved. My little sisters and so many people take this exact route to school every morning, life is just never worth being in a rush, always be extra cautious!
Carbon Bigfuut March 01, 2013 at 12:10 AM
According to the P. Press article, the guy who hit John seems to be a serial offender.
Jeremy A. Loberg March 01, 2013 at 04:47 AM
There seems to be an uptick in the amount of incidents at that intersection. The time of morning should rule out the rising sun being in the west bound drivers eyes, so one has to think that the driver was distracted enough to not see the light. Very sad all the way around.
limeex2 March 01, 2013 at 02:50 PM
A problem that seems to growing, is yellow lights are the new green, and reds are routinely run through. My condolences to the Larson family.
Bruce March 01, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Sounds like he ran a red light and ended up killing someone. Anybody know what the penalty is for that on the books?
Minnesota Nice March 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Possibly unintentional vehicular homicide. It depends on so many thing though. Intoxicated, on medications, disabled, texting/on the phone, asleep, having a medical condition (ex: seizure) it will be a while for the legal system to do its work and to see if charges are filled by the state or wash co.

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