Willmar woman injured in rear-end crash Saturday in Cold Spring

Laura Marie Morales, 30, of Willmar, was transported to the CentraCare — St. Cloud Hospital Saturday morning for non-life-threatening injuries after rear-ending a Cold Spring man who slowed down for a yellow light.


COLD SPRING — A Willmar woman was injured around 8:48 a.m. Saturday during a rear-end crash in Cold Spring, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the crash report, Laura Marie Morales, 30, was driving eastbound on Minnesota Highway 23 in her 2007 Toyota Prius when she rear-ended Roger Clifford Schlangen, 57, of Cold Spring, in his 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup after he began to stop for a yellow at at Main Street Southeast.

Morales’ airbag deployed while Schlangen’s did not.

Morales suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the CentraCare — St. Cloud Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

Schlangen also suffered non-life-threatening injuries but no health care facility is listed for him on the report.


According to the State Patrol, both parties were wearing their seat belts, alcohol was not involved and road conditions were dry.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Cold Spring Fire Department also responded to the incident.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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