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Perham man critical after three-vehicle crash involving cement truck, ambulance

PERHAM, Minn. - A 24-year-old from Perham is in critical condition after a crash on U.S. Highway 10 this morning in which an ambulance rolled, coming to rest on a cement truck.

A pickup driver injured in the collision that started the three-vehicle accident, Brian G. Kupferschmid, is in a Fargo hospital after he was airlifted from Perham, where the Minnesota State Patrol said his condition is considered to be critical.

The collision happened at about 8 a.m. at the corner of Highway 10 and Minnesota Street just east of Perham as a pickup was heading north to cross the highway, the State Patrol said in a news release.

A cement truck traveling east broadsided the pickup, striking the driver's side in the right lane of Highway 10, the patrol report said.

The pickup went into the ditch south of the highway as the cement truck veered into the left lane, where it was hit from the rear by an ambulance, troopers said.

The ambulance and the cement truck went into the median, and the ambulance overturned coming to rest on the cement truck.

According to the patrol:

A passenger in the ambulance, David C. Cuppy, 45, of Bertha, Minn., was taken to the hospital in Perham with injuries the patrol said were not considered life-threatening.

Samantha P. Landsverk, 18, of Perhman, was also transported to the Perham hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. She was a passenger in the pickup.

The ambulance driver, Kurt D. Manselle, 40, of Deer Creek, Minn., also had an injury that wasn't life-threatening, but he was not hospitalized.

The driver of the cement truck, Randy L. Turchin, 41, of Henning, Minn., was not injured.