Grove City man killed in Stearns County crash

A three vehicle crash on I-94 in Stearns County killed a man from Grove City. The name of the 60-year-old victim is expected to be released this afternoon.

FSA Fatal crash accident

ALBANY — A 60-year-old man from Grove City was killed in a three-vehicle accident early this morning near Albany.

The name of the victim is expected to be released this afternoon.

  • Updated story with identification: Thomas Weyde Leaf identified as Grove City man killed in Stearns County crash Thomas Weyde Leaf, 60, of Grove City, was killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash on I-94 in Stearns County.

The accident was reported just after midnight on Interstate 94 in Stearns County.
According to the State Patrol accident report, a 2003 Grand Prix driven by the victim was going west in the eastbound lane of Interstate 94 when it collided with a semi and then a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The driver of the Trailblazer, Derek Joseph Ritter, 17, of Avon, was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2005 Volvo semi, Komalpreet Preet Singh, 29, of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and a 60-year old passenger, were not injured.


The accident report indicates that the Grand Prix was traveling west in the eastbound lanes on I-94 and while travelling in the left lane it crossed the centerline and struck the Volvo, which was traveling east in the right hand lane. The Grand Prix then struck the Trailblazer, which was going east in the left lane.

Roads were wet at the time of the crash.

The Mayor Ambulance, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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