Semi driver dies in west-central Minnesota crash

An Ortonville truck driver died in a single-vehicle crash in Swift County on Saturday evening, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

Traffic fatal.jpg
We are part of The Trust Project.

APPLETON, Minn. — A semi driver from Ortonville, Minnesota, was killed Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 near Appleton.

Harry Lawrence Drinnin, 59, was reported deceased after being taken to the Appleton Area Health emergency room, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash occurred around 7:23 p.m. Saturday on Highway 59 near 120th Street Southwest. The 2006 Kenworth semitractor was headed southbound on the highway, when it left the roadway at the intersection, the State Patrol said.

Drinnin was wearing his seat belt and road conditions were reported dry at the time. Alcohol was not a factor.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

What to read next
“The idea of being able to vote for yourself as the first trans person you've ever seen on the ballot is, I mean, it's special,” Finke said. “We're around and we deserve representation"
Several incumbent state legislators, particularly in the Senate, edged out competitors with more extreme views on COVID-19, election security and more.
Correctional officers of color said in a lawsuit that they “were segregated and prevented from doing their jobs … solely because of the color of their skin” when former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was booked into the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.
The student association for Minnesota’s public two-year colleges is unlikely to win its lawsuit against the the Minnesota State Board of Trustees over a rejected fee increase, a federal judge said Monday as he dismissed much of the case.