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Minnesota State Patrol in Polk County - Man falls asleep behind wheel, sideswipes semi

Times Report

    The Minnesota State Patrol says a Thief River Falls man fell asleep behind the wheel of his pickup in Polk County early Saturday evening, Aug. 22, and sideswiped a semi tractor-trailer.

    The State Patrol says Gunnar Mark Aune, 18, suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.

    The call came in at 5:43 p.m. Aug. 22 on Minnesota Highway 32 and 300th St. SE in Polk County. Aune was northbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado when he fell asleep, sideswiping a southbound 2007 Mack 600 driven by Chad Norman Tretter, 39, of Red Lake Falls. Tretter was not hurt.

    Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.