Updated: Cloquet man injured in crash on Highway 210 in CarltonA Cloquet man was injured when his pickup truck was rear-ended and then broadsided by two semi trailers Tuesday on Highway 210 near the Carlton County Transfer Station.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
An accident Tuesday morning involving two semi trailers and a pickup truck injured a Cloquet man and closed a portion of Highway 210 in Carlton for several hours about 3/4 of a mile west of Interstate 35, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Jason W. Warren, 26, was taken by ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, before Life Flight transported him to St. Mary's Duluth Clinic. His injuries were not life-threatening, reports said.
The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. as Warren was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado west bound on Highway 210. He was waiting to turn left into the Carlton County Transfer Station when Mark Kelm, 42, of Brainerd, who was driving a Freightliner semi trailer rear-ended the Silverado, pushing it into the eastbound lane. A third vehicle, a Mack semi trailer driven by Anthony G. Roberts, 31, of Crosby, broadsided the Silverado on the passenger side.
Cloquet’s Mayor, Bruce Ahlgren, happened to be driving in the area just after the crash and described it as horrific.
“The pickup was split apart and the logging trucks – one was in a tree,” he said.
The Silverado was totaled, the semi that rear-ended the truck was severely damaged and the semi that broadsided the pickup had moderate damage, reports said.
Neither driver of the semis were injured, a fact an officer at the scene called a “miracle.”
The State Patrol listed the road as dry at the time of the crash. Officers from the Minnesota State Patrol, Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Cloquet, Fond du Lac and Esko/Thomson Township police departments responded to the scene, along with firefighters and EMTs from Cloquet Area Fire District and Carlton Fire Department.