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Crash involving cement truck, ambulance injures four near Perham

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A 24-year-old Perham man is in critical condition after a three-vehicle accident Monday morning involving a cement truck and an ambulance.


Brian G. Kupferschmid of Perham was the driver of a pickup truck that was broadsided by a cement truck around 8 a.m. Monday morning on U.S. Highway 10, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

The pickup truck was crossing the eastbound lane when it was struck on the driver's side by a cement truck, according to the Perham Police Department.

The pickup truck entered the south ditch, while the cement truck veered into the left lane, where it was struck in the rear by an ambulance. Both the ambulance and the cement truck drove into the median. The ambulance flipped and landed on the cement truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Kupferschmid was airlifted from Perham Memorial Hospital to a Fargo hospital, where he is in critical condition. The passenger in the vehicle, Samantha Landsverk, 18, of Perham, was taken to Perham Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the ambulance, Kurt D. Manselle, of Deer Creek, was transported to the Perham hospital non-life threatening injuries. The passenger in the ambulance, David Cuppy, 45, was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the cement truck, Randy L. Turchin, 41, of Henning, was not injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol report.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by Perham Fire and Rescue, Perham Ambulance, Perham Police Department and the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.