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Poolman Returns Home

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Former Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman is home from the hospital after being involved in a serious accident earlier this month.

One man died in that accident.

It happened on January 6th at the corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue in Mandan.

Poolman shattered his pelvis, broke his wrist and suffered a major concussion.

He was in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN for 3 weeks and flew home yesterday.

"The lesson learned is you can be driving down Main Street Mandan and all of a sudden your life changes immediately in a heart beat. So for me it gives me renewed faith in my family and my friends and you really start to look at things much, much differently after an incident like this has happened," Poolman said.

68 year old Thomas Joblinski was killed in this accident.

Poolman says Joblinski suffered a heart attack, lost control of his truck and collided with Poolman's vehicle at 60 miles per hour.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the other driver who didn't make it and obviously we think about him every day and his family every day. We just feel terrible about the accident in general but obviously for the lose of him and what it's done to their family," Poolman said.

He is able to walk but does use a walker.

Poolman now has 18 screws in his pelvis and will need 3 to 6 months of physical therapy just to be fully functional.

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