2 injured when dump truck rolls onto pickup

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two people were injured Wednesday morning when a dump truck rolled over on top of a pickup truck on the Interstate 35 off-ramp to U.S. Highway 65 southeast of Albert Lea.

According to the State Patrol, a beige 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by 78-year-old Harley E. Limberg of Britt, Iowa, was southbound on U.S. 65 at 10:05 a.m. when he turned left — across the northbound lane — to take the on-ramp for southbound on I-35. However, a Sterling dump truck driven by Simon E. Hancock, 64, of Austin was northbound on U.S. 65, and the two vehicles collided.

Both men sustained minor injuries, according to the State Patrol, and they were transported to Albert Lea Medical Center.

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The red dump truck lost a load of sand and ended up on its side, crushing the rear of the pickup. It was smashed on the passenger side, too, making the driver’s area fortunately safer than anywhere else in the truck. The driver’s airbag deployed. The dump truck was from the Albert Lea shop of Ulland Bros. Inc., a construction company. The interchange is I-35’s Exit 8.

Responding to the scene were the Minnesota State Patrol, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Albert Lea Police Department, Albert Lea Fire Department and the Albert Lea Township Fire Department.

Crews first extricated the driver of the pickup. It took longer to extricate the driver of the dump truck. Several Ulland Bros. employees in other trucks converged at the site.

About Tim Engstrom

Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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