BINFORD, N.D. — Father Dale Kinzler, 72, serves Roman Catholic parishes in the Cooperstown-Jessie area. He was traveling down Highway 65, when a farm semi-truck pulled out in front of him.
According to family members WDAY spoke with Wednesday, Sept. 15, Kinzler has broken bones and has injuries to his legs, hip and pelvis.
He had orthopedic surgery at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo and continues his recovery there.
Father Kinzler, who has been a priest for 47 years in the Fargo diocese, served at Nativity Church of Fargo as well as the Newman Center at North Dakota State University.
Father Kinzler's brother, Don Kinzler says it took emergency crews an hour to get him out of the crumpled car.
"As Dale described it, he of course tried braking, but when that grain semi was right in front of him, he had no other choice than to hit the semi," Don Kinzler said. "And just a split-second difference, and that semi would've just totally creamed his vehicle, and that could've certainly been an accident hard to survive."
Father Kinzler celebrated 40 years as a priest 2014, and serves churches in Aneta, Cooperstown, Jessie and Finley.
The driver of the semi, 23-year-old Rylan Briss, was not injured. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.