Austin family avoids life-threatening injuries in Blue Earth crash

Published 11:50 am Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Austin family took Friday off to recover from injuries sustained in a car crash the day before, but said they were lucky not to be hurt worse.

Members of the Norris family were driving south on Highway 22 in Blue Earth County Thursday afternoon when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle at the County Road 4 intersection.

Mary Norris, 45, said she remembers the moments before the crash but then blacked out after impact.

“I was yelling ‘no, no, no,’” she said. “My husband tried to veer and slam on the brakes, but (the other car) hit us.”

The Norris’ 1994 Ford Crown Victoria then spun into the ditch. Mary Norris, along with her husband, Roger, 46, and sons William, 20, and Lukas, 17, were jostled around pretty good, but Mary Norris said the family members were lucky to all be wearing their seatbelts.

“We’re a little sore, but other than that we’re all doing OK,” she said Friday. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The family was stuck in their car for a short while after the crash, but medical personnel were able to get them out and take them to Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato. Mary Norris said the family was released around 7 or 8 p.m. and returned to Austin that night.

After taking a day off from work and school Friday, Mary Norris said she thought the four could be back to their normal routines by Monday.

The other driver, 95-year-old Raymond Doyen of Good Thunder, Minn., was still at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital as of Friday afternoon but in good condition, a spokeswoman said.