Two killed after boulder falls from truck, hits auto in Rosemount

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2018

As the vehicle's tires bounced on the tracks, the impact jostled a huge boulder - with an estimated weight of reportedly 800-pounds - free from the bed.

Christiansen, 67, was driving with her daughter, 32-year-old Jena H. Christiansen, when a boulder weighing several hundred pounds became dislodged and fell off a commercial truck as they were driving in Rosemount, Minn., police said in a statement.

It took four fireman just to roll the boulder, the same rock that police said came flying off Czeck's dump truck on Monday. They both died at the scene.

The driver of the landscape truck involved in the incident did not stop. "That's something we'll have to figure out in the course of our investigation - once we are able to talk to the driver to see what was going through their mind". "What's sad about this is it could have been prevented", Scott told WCCO. "We feel that he knew, but ... we don't know what he was thinking", Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott told the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Detectives tracked down Czeck thanks to a security camera at the Pine Bend Refinery that captured the truck driving away from the accident, police said. "So if you have a pickup truck and you have a lawn mower or an ATV UTV inside, you are responsible to make sure it's secure".

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Restaurant manager Jena's boyfriend Ryan Killian said afterwards: 'She is the most awesome person I have ever met.

In Facebook post since the accident, Jena's boyfriend, Ryan Kilian, wrote that she was 'my world' and asked to 'wake me up from this nightmare'. "She was so smart and lovely".

Backstrom's office said Czeck made his first appearance in court Friday with bail set at $70,000 without conditions.

The company's owner, Czeck, was arrested on Wednesday.

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