Update: Minor injuries reported in semi rollover south of Pine River

Vehicle collides with semi load in bypass lane.

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At least three massive pipes for the Line 3 pipeline project were in the grass near County Road 44 and State Highway 371 south of Pine River following a collision Saturday, June 5. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a car crash with injuries at 10:41 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the intersection of Highway 371 and County Road 44 south of Pine River, according to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report page.

The State Patrol reported that a semi truck hauling pipes was traveling south on Highway 371 when the driver turned to go east on County Road 44. A GMC Sierra truck driven by a 68-year-old man from Milaca with a 66-year-old female passenger and towing a fifth wheel trailer and boat was traveling south when the vehicle made contact with the pipes extending into the bypass lane on the west side of the road, causing the semi truck and trailer to roll.

The 69-year-old man driving the semi truck, from Harrisonville, Missouri, sustained nonlife-threatening injuries and was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for treatment. The occupants of the Sierra were unharmed.

The semi was hauling pipe for the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.

Law enforcement was present for a minimum of four hours directing traffic around the scene until debris, including three large pipes in the ditch, were cleaned up.


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A man can be seen offering cold water to Cass County deputies at the scene of a collision just off State Highway 371 south of Pine River on Saturday, June 5. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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