New Rockford man distracted by electronics rolls truck

LAKOTA – A 21-year-old New Rockford man was injured when his 2017 Ford F-350, pulling an enclosed trailer, struck the rear of a pickup that was slowing to make a turn and then rolled over five miles west of Lakota on U.S. Highway 2 on Sunday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Hunter Hanson was taken by ambulance to a Devils Lake hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to a press release, Hanson was driving west on Highway 2 from Stump Lake to Leeds. The pickup driven by Jason Sorlein, 47, of Lakota, was also traveling west on the highway. Hanson was distracted by an electronic device in his vehicle and didn’t realize that Sorlein was slowing down to turn into their driveway. After it struck Sorlein’s vehicle, Hanson’s vehicle entered the ditch and rolled onto its top, coming to rest in the north ditch facing north. Neither Sorlein or his passengers were injured. All of the people in the Sorlein vehicle were wearing seat belts. Hanson was not wearing a seat belt.

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