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Jesma Hopper and John Hopper Sustain Injuries in a Rollover Accident on Interstate 35 Freeborn County, Minnesota

Albert Lea, MN – A Kansas woman is in critical condition, and a man sustained injuries after they were in a rollover crash on Interstate 35. The incident happened Monday afternoon between Albert Lea and the Minnesota-Iowa border.

According to reports, a northbound pickup veered off the roadway and rolled over.

Jesma Hopper, 70, of Wichita, Kansas, the passenger of the pickup, sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver, 71-year-old John Hopper, was taken to the same hospital as Jesma with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Properly restrained motorists should not die in rollover crashes

Some might assume the driver is solely responsible for the injuries that resulted from this rollover crash because it involved only one vehicle. But let’s consider that rollover crashes are common, and manufacturers are aware of how dangerous they can be. Shouldn’t manufacturers be required to produce vehicles that can withstand these crashes and safely protect their customers who trust them?

Unfortunately, there is a long history of certain model pickup trucks where this is not true. Specifically, we have found that many of the early 2000 model Ford, Chevy, and GMC pickup trucks lack a roof structure that can protect occupants during a rollover collision. This results in roof crush (as shown in the picture below), which leaves passengers with no survival space—routinely resulting in death and serious injuries.



This is unacceptable, and if manufacturers are unwilling to recall these vehicles due to the financial impact they will suffer, they should be held responsible when innocent, unknowing customers are killed because they do not know the risks associated with the vehicle they travel.

The surviving victim of this crash and her family will need to have the truck inspected by trained professionals to determine if it has defects that caused the injuries suffered. If it does, GMC should not be permitted to escape liability when it has the ability to produce a safer vehicle.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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