Driver extricated after two-vehicle crash north of Alexandria

A car and a Paz Excavating gravel truck collided on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Emergency responders assist the driver of the Paz Excavating truck to a stretcher after a crash on County Road 11 NW on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
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ALEXANDRIA — Two vehicles collided north of Alexandria on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

A Paz Excavating gravel truck collided with a car on County Road 11 NW.

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The driver of the truck was trapped in the cab of the vehicle due to the doors being dented in.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria Fire Department was dispatched a little before 2 p.m.and arrived within three to six minutes. Once on scene, they had to use the Jaws of Life to help remove the driver from the gravel truck. According to the Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow, firefighters were on scene for around 15 minutes.

The driver of the truck was able to walk away from the truck with assistance and was taken to the hospital by North Memorial Ambulance for further evaluation.

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The vehicle the gravel truck collided with lays in the ditch a short distance from the truck.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

"Both people are very lucky," said Karrow.


The cause of the accident is yet to be determined.

Responding agencies include the Alexandria Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Emergency responders free the driver of the Paz Excavating truck and North Memorial Ambulance transferred him to the hospital.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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