UPS truck rolls in three-vehicle crash

An Alexandria man receives non-life-threatening injuries after a Freightliner, clipped by a Chevy truck, collides with a Pontiac on U.S. Hwy. 71.


A UPS truck rolled over after being struck by a pickup truck Friday in Straight River Township.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 10:14 p.m. when a 2007 Chevy Silverado, driven by Jason Edward Stevens, 49, of Park Rapids, stopped in the RDO potato plant entrance on the east side of U.S. Hwy. 71, near milepost 255.

The Silverado pulled into the highway and struck the left rear of the southbound UPS vehicle, a 2007 Freightliner, driven by Darin Michael Leeseberg, 50, of Wadena. The Freightliner spun and hit the front of a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Joseph Robert Laber, Jr., 30, of Alexandria. The UPS truck then went into the ditch on the east side of Hwy. 71 and rolled twice.

Laber sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was not hospitalized, according to the crash report. No other injuries were reported.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts, and airbags deployed in all three vehicles.


Park Rapids Police Department and Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office personnel assisted in the investigation.

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