Western Minn. man injured after his ATV crashes into semi

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FLORIDA TOWNSHIP, Minn. — A 78-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after crashing into a semi truck while on an ATV around 11 a.m. Monday on Yellow Medicine County Road 14 south of the 240th Avenue intersection in Florida Township west of Canby, according to a Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office news release.

According to the release, Paul Fokken was returning from getting his mail and crossed the roadway before crashing into the side of Myron Ruesch’s, 57, semi, which was traveling north on County Road 14.

Ruesch attempted to stop before Fokken crashed into the passenger side.

Fokken was taken to the Sanford Canby Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ruesch was not injured.


The ATV sustained major damage and the semi sustained very minor damage.

The crash is under investigation by the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office.

The Canby Police Department, Canby Sanford Ambulance and Canby Fire Department also responded to the incident.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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