Survivor of crash that killed brothers speaks out, as parents up reward to $50K

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A teenager who survived an interstate crash that killed two Minnesota brothers has said a truck veered into their lane just before it happened.

Jimmy Morton, an 18-year-old high school basketball player from Mississippi, was one of four teens involved in the crash on Interstate 94 in June that left Moorhead brothers Zach and Connor Kvalvog, 18 and 14, dead.

Speaking to WDAY via Skype, Morton recounted the moments just before their pickup crashed, saying: "It was an 18-wheeler. I saw it veer over into our lane as we tried to pass it, and then I looked up, the trailer was right in front of us."

In the wake of the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol issued an appeal for information about a truck that was "extremely close" to the boys' pickup at the time.

It was described as a white box-type semi-truck with a red or green tractor, which was driving on I-94 in Dalton, near Fergus Falls, around 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

Zach and Connor's parents, Ray and Kathie Kvalvog, also put up a $10,000 reward for information about the truck, which on Wednesday they increased to $50,000, according to the Fargo Forum.

"Not to be crass, but money motivates people and the State Patrol investigation is not complete but they know a semi was involved in this crash," the boys' father said, "so that is why I say let's up the ante a little bit and see if we can find something."

Morton, who has family in West Fargo, joined the Kvalvogs and another friend as they traveled to Wisconsin Dells for a basketball tournament.

He suffered "traumatic injuries" to the back and head, which he is still recovering from, and told WDAY: "Not a day that goes by that I don't thank God and Zach and I live my life through them. I want to do what they showed me in the little time we had together."

Anyone with information about the truck, its driver, or who witnessed the crash should call the state patrol on 218-846-8244.

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