Brisk Winds Tip Semi on Highway 14 and Camper on I-90

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UNDATED – (DRG News) Wind advisories were issued last night after winds picked up in parts of the state. The conditions also kept some area law enforcers busy. In Haakon County, the Sheriff’s Department was called to the report of a semi that was tipped over by the high winds. Sheriff Fred Koester says a Runnings semi trailer was eastbound on Highway 14 about seven miles west of Midland and a side wind caught the unit, rolled it onto its passenger side and the truck slid into the southbound ditch. The trailer was empty and Koester says the tractor is considered a total loss. There is no damage estimate at this time for the trailer. He estimates wind gusts around 50 miles an hour at the time of the accident.
In Jones County, similar winds resulted in a 35-foot 5th wheel camper being blown over, as it was being pulled along I-90 by a pickup. Deputy Sheriff Rich Sylva says the accident was reported about 8:30 p.m. He says winds tipped the camper over and the unit rolled onto its side into the ditch. A motorcycle trailer attached to the camper stayed upright. Sylva says the camper was left overnight along the interstate but was moved away this morning.
Also in Jones County, firefighters responded to a semi fire around 2:30 a.m. this morning. The semi driver had stopped on a “temporary pull-off” location, along I-90 a few miles east of Murdo to rest and says he heard noises from the front of the tractor about 15 minutes later. That’s when Sylva says flames began to appear under the hood. The fire was too big for the driver to extinguish and firefighters were called. The flames left extensive damage to the tractor and Sylva says it is a complete loss. The trailer, which was carrying fruit-bound for Minneapolis, sustained little damage. The fire department was at the scene of the semi fire for about an hour this morning.


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