Berthold man in tractor injured by semi-truck

A 63-year-old Berthold man was injured when the tractor he was driving was hit by a semi-trailer nine miles west of Berthold on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Robert Laducer, 57, Williston, was driving a semi- trailer west on U.S. Highway 2 in the right lane when he reached over to pick up a pen he had dropped in the cab. As he looked up, he observed a 2013 John Deere tractor driven by Keith Hanson, 63, of Berthold in the right lane and another vehicle in the left lane. Laducer was unable to merge left. He attempted to turn right and struck the right rear of Hanson’s tractor with the left side of the semi-trailer. Laducer continued west where the vehicle entered the north ditch and came to rest in a body of water approximately four feet deep. Hanson’s tractor tipped onto the left side from the impact, partially ejecting and trapping Hanson’s leg under a portion of the cab. Hanson’s vehicle came to rest blocking the lane of Highway 2 for 2 1/2 hours.

Hanson was taken by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Minot to be treated for his injury.

The accident happened at 2 p.m. Tuesday.