Community Alert

Pedestrian Hit

First responders assist a man who was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Division Street late Monday morning. (Photos by Philip Weyhe/Northfield News)

A postal worker was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Division Street late Monday morning.

Just before noon, reports came in to Northfield Police that a crash involving a car and pedestrian took place on Division, just south of the intersection with Woodley Street. According to witnesses who called in the report, the man struck by the vehicle was sent flying several feet in the air.

The pedestrian was Matthew Swanson, 46. The driver was Barbara Shefveland, 90.

On scene, responders from Northfield Police, Northfield Hospital and Northfield Area Fire and Rescue helped control traffic and tend to Swanson, who was laying on the roadway.

He had not lost consciousness. He was taken by ambulance to Northfield Hospital and later transferred by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center in the Twin Cities. Representatives there said Tuesday evening that Swanson is in “Satisfactory” condition, meaning an excellent or good prognosis.

The scene was cleared and traffic was restored by 12:10 p.m.

Northfield Police Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz confirmed Swanson was a United States Postal Service worker, who was in the process of crossing the street when he was hit. The motorist was traveling south on Division.

Dukatz confirmed Swanson appeared to suffer non-life threatening injuries. The driver was not cited at the scene, but police are investigating the incident.

Kaylin Faust lives with her family in a house next to the scene of the incident. She didn’t see the crash take place but said the man was laying on the ground when she looked out. She said he was the mailman for the street, who the family had come to know.

Faust has lived on Division for four years, and she noted “traffic has gotten increasingly worse in just the short time we’ve lived here.”

“I’ve had people drive through the intersection when we were already in the crosswalk,” she said. “Motorcycles, cars and even semis speed way too fast on our street. We’re now planning to put up a fence and a driveway gate across the front of our property in order to keep our child safe.”

Faust hopes the crash “will make people slow down” on Division Street. The posted speed limit on Division near Woodley, is 30 mph.

According to Dukatz, the department has received complaints recently of heavy truck traffic and some speed concerns on and around Washington, Water, Woodley and Prairie streets.

He noted there is a higher volume of traffic on those roads, due to construction on Division Street (downtown) and County Road 1.

“We have placed our speed warning trailer in those areas and some extra patrols,” he said. “I would ask motorists to remember these are residential areas with pedestrians and bicyclists, many of whom are young children. Please drive within the speed limits and plan extra time for your travels due to the amount of road construction.”

Reach Associate Editor Philip Weyhe at 507-645-1115 or follow him on Twitter @nfnphilweyhe.

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