2013-03-07 / Top News

Semi, car collision results in injury to Strasburg driver


A semi with a piggy-back load sustained $20,000 damage in the collision. A semi with a piggy-back load sustained $20,000 damage in the collision. A semi and a car collided at the intersection of Third St. S. and U.S. Highway 83 in Strasburg at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 23, and the driver of the car was taken by Emmons County ALS Ambulance to the Linton Hospital.

Nic Kramer, 17, of Strasburg was driving a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection. However, he did not see the semi coming around the curve from his left and proceeded to cross Highway 83. The 2008 Kenworth semi, driven by Kenneth Fannin, 50, ofAtlanta, Texas, braked hard but struck the left rear bumper of the car. The car spun around and hit the semi again before going into the ditch.

Fannin and a passenger in his semi-tractor were not injured, and Kramer suffered a broken collar bone. Deputy Sheriff Scott Nordquist said all three were wearing their seatbelts, and the airbags in the vehicles did not deploy.


Damage to the sedan was estimated at $4,500. Damage to the sedan was estimated at $4,500. Damage to the semi-tractor, which was carrying two other tractors and a van piggy-back, was estimated at $20,000, and the car’s damage was estimated at $4,500. Kramer was cited for failure to yield.

Responding to the accident in addition to the Deputy Sheriff and ambulance were the Strasburg First Responders and the Strasburg Fire Department.

Kramer, a key member of the Strasburg Clippers boys basketball team, was unable to play in the regional tournament that started Feb. 25 but was able to sit with his team.

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