State Patrol: Sellners wore seatbelts

SLEEPY EYE — The Minnesota State Patrol said Wednesday that the two Sleepy Eye men involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash Aug. 21 were wearing seatbelts.

State trooper Sgt. Troy Christianson told The Journal that Philip P. Sellner, 61, and Joseph H. Sellner, 60, were wearing seatbelts when the 1997 Chevrolet Philip Sellner was driving collided with a 2016 Hino straight truck driven by Mark Solheim, 56, of Clear Lake. The Hino crossed onto the shoulder, overcorrected and slid into the southbound lane, hitting the pickup.

Joe Sellner died in the crash. Philip Sellner was transported to Sleepy Eye Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. An update on his status was not available Wednesday. Solheim had non-life threatening injuries and was not transported from the crash scene.

The State Patrol initially inaccurately reported that the fatal crash involved “an unbelted/unrestrained occupant.” That State Patrol report also said the Sellners were not wearing seatbelts.

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