NEAR STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) – Update: Daniel Kropp of Rochester is recovering at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after a fiery crash on highway 30 last Tuesday.
In a message to KTTC, Kropp’s mother explained that he has a “long road of recovery ahead of him.”
Kropp will undergo a skin graft surgery on his arms, hands, shoulders Monday, according to a GoFundMe organized to help him pay for bills.
Update from Jeremy Garbisch who is listed as the organizer of the GoFundMe.
#DannyStrong. Update: Danny will have skin graft surgery on his arms, hands, shoulders and back on Monday. He could have one of three procedures,we won’t know until surgery is complete. He is in extreme pain, yet he is still DannyStrong and walks 5 times a day and does his occupational therapy. This doesn’t surprise us as he’s always been very competitive in sports, the Military, work and life.
Danny has a very long road of healing and dependence on family/friends ahead of him.
Since the accident Danny has no income, he owns a home and has a vehicle payment. His first words after they removed his breathing tube was “I have to get back to work.” Your prayers and love for him are truly acknowledged even if we don’t respond. ❤️
Original Story: Two people were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following a car crash in Olmsted County Tuesday night.
Emergency crews responded around 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 15 and Highway 30.
Melissa Debus, 26, of Stewartville failed to stop at the intersection and struck Daniel Kropp of Rochester, according to Minnesota State Patrol who is investigating the crash.
The cars ended in a ditch and caught fire. Both drivers were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where they are listed in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.
Roads in the area were closed for about 3 hours but have since reopened.
Mohamed Nur was inside a nearby home when he heard a loud noise and rushed outside to check on the victims inside the cars.
“What I did was, I kept on asking him, he was hurt, I kept on asking how was he doing, is anybody there? He didn’t know because he was in a hysterical situation…”the two cars were on heavy fire, it started smoking like everywhere. You can see the smoke from far away,” he said.
Nur said he immediately called 911 and that first responders arrived within minutes.
Stewartville Fire, Mayo Ambulance, and MnDOT assisted on scene. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
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