Update: Truck in Sleepy Eye crash that injured 6 kids had been reported stolen

6 people – all under the age of 15 – were in the truck at the time.

The truck that rolled over in southern Minnesota, seriously injuring three of the six kids inside at the time, had been reported stolen days earlier.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office said in an update Monday afternoon the truck – a '99 Ford F-150 – had been taken from New Ulm on Aug. 27. 

Less than a week later it crashed east of Sleepy Eye in the middle of the night. The sheriff's office had initially not released the ages of the juveniles in the truck, but on Monday provided more details.

All six occupants were under the age of 15 and are from New Ulm.

Three of the kids were seriously injured and airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. One is 11 years old, the other two are both 14. Their conditions weren't provided.

The three others in the truck – ages 14, 14 and 13 – were not seriously hurt, getting treatment at Sleepy Eye Medical Center before being released.. 

Multiple people were thrown from the truck when it flipped, but the sheriff's office didn't specify who.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office said the crash and the vehicle theft are still under investigation. 

Read the original story from Sunday morning below.

6 kids hurt in rollover crash near Sleepy Eye

A car full of kids was involved in a serious accident this weekend.

Authorities were called to a rollover crash around 12:49 a.m. on Saturday, the Brown County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. A single vehicle was found on County Road 27 near the intersection of County Road 10, just east of Sleepy Eye.

Six juvenile occupants were involved in the crash, and the sheriff's office says "multiple" people were ejected from the vehicle.

They were all taken to Sleepy Eye Medical Center, where three people were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. 

The other three had to be airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, the release says.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office hasn't released any other details, and the crash is still under investigation.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Eye Police Department, Sleepy Eye Fire Department, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the accident.

Next Up

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

Lyn 65

9 businesses in Richfield affected by strip-mall redevelopment plans

Affected businesses may be eligible for grants that would help keep them in Richfield.

CBP heater

More than $260K in fake heaters seized at Minnesota border

The 780 infrared zone heaters were found in a rail car bound for Ranier, Minnesota.

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.


St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.


Four people killed and more injured in Wisconsin crash

Memorial Day weekend can be a dangerous time for travelers.

6 injured in explosion at trucking plant in Dodge Center

The explosion is said to have happened late Wednesday morning, with emergency services rushing to the scene.

Police officer injured in rear-end crash with tow truck

The tow truck slammed into the back of the police vehicle on I-494.

Truck crashes into cow near Bemidji, 11-year-old boy injured

The boy's injuries were not considered life-threatening.