A 33-year-old good samaritan was severely injured while assisting a stuck motorist today at 12:01 p.m. according to a news release from the Rice County Sheriff's Office. 

At 12:01 p.m. Rice County Deputies were dispatched to a medical in Morristown Township. A good Samaritan was assisting another motorist attempting to pull a vehicle out of the ditch on Iona Avenue. The two men were using a tow strap to attempt to free a stuck vehicle.

The receiver hitch from the good Samaritan’s vehicle broke while they were attempting to remove the victim’s truck causing the partial receiver hitch and trailer ball to propel towards the victim’s vehicle.

The fractured hitch broke through the rear windows of the topper and truck and struck the victim in the back of the head causing severe head trauma. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to District One Hospital and later to Hennepin County Medical Center via ground Ambulance. Due to blizzard conditions, an Air Ambulance was not available to fly.

The victim is considered to be in critical condition. Victim identification pending notification of family.

The Rice County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Morristown Fire & Rescue and North Ambulance on the scene.