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Sheriff: Driver suffers significant injuries after blowing through stop sign, crashing into tree

The 35-year-old had to be extricated from the vehicle.
Stearns COunty - Co Rd 44 & 144 Crash

A seriously injured driver had to be extricated from his vehicle after going off the road and striking a tree.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Saturday at the T-intersection of County Road 44 and County Road 144 in Lynden Township, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office said. A 911 caller reported hearing "tires squealing and then the sound of a loud crash."

Deputies on the scene found a 2010 Dodge Ram in the ditch, with the driver — 35-year-old Joseph Cleveland of Kimball — pinned inside. According to the sheriff's office, he went through a stop sign, kept going eastbound off the roadway, then traveled down into an embankment and slammed into a tree.

Kimball was suffering from "significant" injuries and was extricated from the vehicle by the Annandale Fire Department, then airlifted to the hospital, the sheriff's office said.

The crash is being investigated.

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