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Man injured in distracted driving crash

LAKOTA, N.D. — One man was injured in an accident at 3:53 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 5 miles west of Lakota on U.S. Highway 2,.

Hunter Hanson, 21, of New Rockford, was traveling west on Highway 2 from the Stump Lake area to Leeds, N.D. According to a report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Hanson was distracted by a device in his car and failed to realize a vehicle driven by Jason Sorlein, 47, of Lakota, was slowing to turn into a driveway. Hanson's Ford F-350 pickup, which was pulling a trailer, struck the rear of Sorlein's GMC pickup.

Hanson's vehicle entered the ditch and rolled onto its top, coming to rest in the north ditch, facing north. Sorlein's vehicle also entered the north ditch and came to rest facing northwest.

Hanson was transported to CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sorlein, Debra Sorlein, 47, and a 7-year-old and 3-year-old child were not injured.

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