Andy Nolan, 55, of Rochert was the driver in a rollover accident near Frazee on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 8, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office.
Frazee police, fire and rescue workers, along with Becker County deputies, helped free Nolan, who was trapped in the wreckage of a 1995 Chevy Suburban that left the roadway and rolled onto its top on Becker County Road 29. The accident report did not say what caused the crash.
Nolan was alone in the vehicle and was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes by St. Mary’s EMS.
Rescue workers had to deal with low temperatures and wind chills of 15 below as they struggled through deep, crusted snow on the side of the roadway to carry the stretcher to a waiting ambulance.
The rollover occurred about a mile north of Frazee around 2:30 p.m. on what appeared to be mostly dry pavement.
Nolan rolled his Suburban on his way to work at Anderson Bus and Coach in Frazee, according to a post by his brother, Aaron Nolan, on the Becker County Swap for Everything Facebook group.
He said that Andy Nolan "was brought to Fargo for further assessment. He has two crushed vertebrae and another fractured. Doctor says no surgery at this time, but he will be in a neck brace for the next three months. He will not be able to drive for any reason, including for work driving school bus and delivering the Fargo Forum seven days a week. He is the only family member in his household that works and the only one that drives."
In the post, Nolan also listed a request for car seats for two children, as he said their car seats were damaged in the accident.