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Forum staff reports, Published May 20 2012

Moorhead man escapes serious injury in end-to-end rollover

KINDRED, N.D. – A Moorhead man fell asleep behind the wheel and rolled his SUV on Highway 46 early today, escaping serious injury thanks to his seat belt and vehicle airbags, a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer said.

Justin Magner, 26, was eastbound at mile marker 104 between Leonard and Kindred when the accident occurred, Sgt. Troy Hischer said.

The crash was reported to the Red River Regional Dispatch Center about 3:34 a.m.

Hischer said Magner was driving from Enderlin to Moorhead when he fell asleep and his 2009 Toyota SUV drifted across the westbound lane and entered the north ditch. The vehicle then hit a field approach, vaulted and went end over end, Hischer said.

That Magner didn’t suffer serious injuries “was amazing,” Hischer said, and likely due to being properly belted and protected by airbags.

Magner was cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license and for failing to maintain care required for driving for falling asleep at the wheel, Hischer said.

He has been assigned a date to appear in court, Hischer said.