Snowmobile driverís name, details revealed from midweek semi accident
MILFORD ó A Milford man was injured during a collision with a semitruck shortly after noon Wednesday near the intersections of highways 86 and 71 in Milford. An officer on site confirmed 44-year-old Gabriel Toft was both alive and alert when he was transferred from the scene by ambulance.
Relatively fresh snowmobile tracks could be seen in the south ditch, near the former Boji Bay Fun House. A semitrailer had pulled off onto the north shoulder of Highway 86. Minor damage to the truck's front end could be seen. Beyond the truck, a white and grey snowmobile remained on its side in the north ditch ó a helmet in the snow several yards to the west. Members of the Milford Fire Department and Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance could be seen securing Toft to a stretcher as officers took statements from several individuals.
Police later confirmed Toft crossed the highway on his Yamaha snowmobile and was struck by a 2018 Peterbilt semitruck, driven by 48-year-old Troy Anderson, of St. Peter, Minnesota. Toft and Anderson were the only occupants of their respective vehicles. Officials on scene indicated Toft was crossing the highway from the south ditch and attempted to move between two semitrucks when the snowmobile collided with Anderson's rig. Police did not specify which direction the two semitrucks were traveling.
Toft was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare with what appeared to be serious injuries. Anderson was uninjured and was allowed to leave the scene after members of the Milford Fire Department used a crowbar to mitigate front damage on the semitruck.
Damage to the semitruck was estimated at $2,000. Toft's snowmobile was totaled.
The Milford Police Department was assisted by Milford Fire and Rescue, Lakes Regional Ambulance and the Arnolds Park Police Department.