Update: Crash victim in serious condition

Published 10:24 am Friday, January 6, 2012

Authorities have not yet identified the man who was airlifted via Mayo One to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester Thursday around 1:45 p.m. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

A man is in serious condition after spending 6 1⁄2 hours in a frigid creek north of Albert Lea in his automobile after a crash. He had to be airlifted to a Rochester hospital after authorities found him.

An eastbound tan 2004 four-door Buick Park Avenue driven by Lyndon Schewe, 53, of Owatonna, left Interstate 90 just west of the Minnesota Highway 13 exit around 6:30 a.m. He was not discovered in icy Wedge Creek until about 1 p.m.

Firefighters search through debris for anything identifying the man who was extricated from the his car after it crashed.

The creek runs perpendicular to the interstate and a long gravel driveway on the side of the freeway that connects to School Section Lake properties.

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Schewe was airlifted via Mayo One to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester at about 1:45 p.m. after being extricated from his car.

Authorities stated Schewe had a bruised arm and was cold. His other injuries were unknown, but the Minnesota State Patrol stated the injuries were not life-threatening.

St. Marys Hospital this morning lists him in serious condition.

What caused the crash or how Schewe ended up in the creek has not been released. It is unclear whether the car crashed over the bridge or somehow careered off the hill.

The State Patrol listed the crash as a rollover.

According to the State Patrol, the son of a nearby homeowner found the man and called 911. Items from the car — a tire, packs of Camel Lights, shattered glass — were scattered on the nearby hillside.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, the Albert Lea and Manchester fire departments and Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea ambulance crews.

A tan Buick Park Avenue is left in the creek below Interstate 90 after a man was extricated around 1:45 p.m. Thursday. Authorities have not yet released the man's name. He was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune