Driver Killed In Semi-Truck Rollover Identified
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the semi-truck driver who was killed after a rollover accident on Highway 3 just south of Northfield Thursday afternoon.
The State Patrol says 64-year-old Gerald Gunderson, of St. Peter, was killed in an accident that happened at about 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 3 and Detelemark Road, about two miles south of Northfield.
According to the Northfield Patch, Deputy Chief of Police Chuck Walerius said Gunderson suffered a medical issue, though it wasn’t immediately clear if that caused the crash.
Gunderson’s 1999 Peterbuilt Conventional semi truck rolled on a stretch of two-lane highway. Authorities say the truck left the road way, went into the east ditch and struck a set of power poles.
Authorities closed the highway for several hours as a result of the crash, which is still under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Northfield Patch, Gunderson’s truck was hauling sand.