Hennepin County says it didn't know about pothole that gave man concussion [PHOTO]

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A Hennepin County spokesperson tells us officials hadn't heard about an axle-busting south Minneapolis pothole near the intersection of 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue that concussed a man until Fox 9 put together a story about it for last night's 9 o'clock news.

Workers "didn't know that was there but saw the story," Kayla Bromelkamp, public affairs officer for Hennepin County, says. "They went out there this morning and fixed it immediately."

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Dustin Duarte told Fox the pothole, which he hit while driving westbound on 46th Street just past Minnehaha Avenue, caused the airbags to deploy in the 1994 Geo Metro he purchased last year for $500. The impact sent him to the hospital for facial injuries and a minor concussion.

He certainly looked the worse for wear afterward: "I feel like there should be no driving surfaces in our city where, if you're just driving normally over and not speeding, where your airbags pop off in your face," Duarte told Fox. "I don't want anyone else to get hurt. I don't want money from anyone. I want this issue to be dealt with."

Bromelkamp says the county would like to deal with problem potholes as soon as they can, but they have to be aware of them first. (In case it isn't clear already, 46th Street is a county road.)

"We do take reports through the phone, fax, over the internet, and through our website, and crews will go out and patch those ASAP," she says. (The county's pothole complaint form can be accessed here.)

This spring has been a particularly brutal one for local roads, Bromelkamp adds.

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