Loose rock from a semi’s accidental unload goes through windshield & kills Valley City man

Loose rocks flew at pickup from semi's unloading
Loose rocks flew at pickup from semi's unloading(KVLY)
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 3:03 PM CDT
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LAMOURE CO., N.D. (Valley News Live) - North Dakota Highway Patrol says a loose rock from a semi load went through a passing pickup’s windshield and killed a Valley City man. People shared these photos with Valley News Live showing the extent of the damage on the man’s pickup, as well as the size of the rocks that were dumped out of the semi.

It happened Thursday morning just after 8. A semi-truck with a belly dump trailer was headed northbound on State Highway 1 with a load of rock. A 58-year-old man driving southbound was approaching the semi. As the vehicles came closer, the belly dump trailer unloaded rock onto the roadway.

Officials say the load of rock was not intended to be dumped onto the highway.

A loose rock from accidental unloading went through the windshield of the man’s pickup and hit him. He was treated by local ambulance services and then taken to the Oakes Hospital. He later died from his injuries sustained in the crash.

The pickup driver’s passenger was uninjured. The driver of the semi, Lyle Hanson, was also uninjured.

NDHP says charges from the crash are pending for Hanson following an investigation.