MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol said a man, whose family thinks he was suicidal, died in a head-on accident with a semi truck following a police pursuit in Windom, Minn. Monday.

Police said they were contacted Monday afternoon by a family attempting to locate another family member they were concerned was suicidal.

Just after 8 p.m., police found the man, Jason Clemenson, 41, driving near Windom and stopped him. Clemenson, however, took off and officers pursued his car heading west on Highway 62.

Cottonwood County Police said during the chase, Clemenson had “turned suddenly” into the semi traveling east on Hwy. 62. The State Patrol said it was a head-on accident and he died.

The driver of the semi wasn’t hurt.

The State Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

Comments (14)
  1. tom says:

    Be thankful it was a semi and not a car full of innocent people.

    1. Momma of 2 says:

      Very true. This story is incredibly sad and tragic, but it COULD have been so much worse. Depression is a horrible, horrible thing!!!

      Thank God something much worse didn’t occur from this tragedy.

  2. Momma of 2 says:

    I don’t think your rude and thoughtless comments are needed. Depression is a very horrible thing. Put yourself in his families shoes … The pain and heartache they are going through. And then there’s comments like yours being posted.

    GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. R. D. says:

    It’s sad yes, for all involved. The driver of that truck has to live with the fact that he killed someone through no fault of his own. It can be devastating to live with, this happened to a friend of mine some years ago and he hasn’t been his old self since.

  4. JamieinMN says:

    How sad, and SO incredibly selfish of that man. I agree with Tom, luckily it was a Semi. Those things sure stand up well. I can’t imagine how that driver is feeling though.

    1. WEfromnd says:

      Selfish! How can you possible put that label on someone whom you never knew? The economy has driven people into complete poverty, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. This man was a wonderful person that was seeing everything he had being taken away from him, due to hard times. Take a look at your own life before placing a label on someone else, especially one that you do not know!!!!!

  5. xyz says:

    This person was EXTREMELY selfish. He was not thinking about who was being left behind to deal with the consequences of his actions. Think of him as the sick person that he was. His disease was incurable and this was the means to an end for him.

    I pray that all involved will be able to forgive and move forward with their lives.

  6. Billy says:

    When are the stupid F’ers going to figure that it is not a good idea to pursue vehicles, too dangerous, makes me sick.

  7. Jon E says:

    It is a very sad thing that happen. What amazes me is that the truck driver is not being blamed for the accident. For some reason the general motoring public always wants to blame the CMV for being unsafe. I think we need to take a look at how you drive around semi truck and trailers. If everyone was not in such a big rush and would not cut off the semi trucks alot of the accidents that there are may not happen. Yes the person driving the car that hit the semi had a illness and it is tragic, but I also see this as a wake up call to public safety groups to look at how the general motoring public drive around semi’s. I am a CMV driver and see this type of thing happen all to much. All I have to say is people slow down!!!!!!! give the semi space and quit cutting them off at an exit you almost missed because you did not want to sit behind the semi for 15 more seconds to make you exit. The life you save might by yours.

  8. 127me says:

    Why in the world would the police pursue a potentially suicidal person in a high speed chase??? They may as well have handed him a loaded gun!

  9. Tammy says:

    This was a very sad time for the truck driver. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a very close friend of mine. He took this very hard especially since he love driving truck. He feels bad that the guy was sick and had to end his life. Yes this will live with him forever.

  10. nick says:

    He was my father. there is way more to this story then people think. its funny that people think thay know all about the world.. just read the news and move on with your life… thanks

    1. Kari says:

      I’m really sorry you had to endure this horrible incident in your life Nick & I commend you for speaking up with great perspective. I hope you find peace, I lost my mother to cancer 6yrs ago and the loss of a parent for any reason is difficult at best. The pain weakens eventually and then you can focus on the good memories you shared. One day at a time…

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