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An International truck and semitrailer involved in an accident Thursday east of Pennock burns after it plowed through the ditch and stopped just short of the BNSF tracks. Truck driver Steve Syverson, 55, of Kerkhoven, fled the cab before it was engulfed in flames. One of the diesel fuel tanks broke off in the ditch and continued to burn long after the truck fire was out. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

One airlifted from Highway 12 crash near Pennock

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By Tom Cherveny and Rand Middleton

PENNOCK — A 38-year-old St. Paul man was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries following an explosive, head-on collision involving a 2005 Dodge Neon car and a 1999 International truck and semitrailer on U.S. Highway 12 east of Pennock at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

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