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Semi rolls, spills diesel into ditch along I-29 near Manvel

Emergency personnel look on as a tanker is pulled out of a ditch along Interstate 29 north of Manvel after an accident Saturday morning. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

MANVEL, N.D.—A semi hauling diesel rolled and spilled up to 300 gallons of diesel Saturday along Interstate 29 north of Manvel.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash at approximately 10:20 a.m., where a punctured diesel tanker was seen in the east ditch between the northbound lane of I-29 and Liberty Lane.

A 45-year-old man from St. Thomas, N.D., was driving a 2013 Peterbilt semi with a trailer around 10 a.m. in the northbound lane of I-29 about 1 mile north of Manvel when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and into the east ditch, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The tanker rolled and spilled up to 300 gallons into the water-filled ditch, state troopers said.

The male driver, who was not named by the Highway Patrol, was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for unknown injuries. State troopers said it's unknown why he went off the road.

The semi and trailer were totaled in the accident.

A small earthen dam was built to contain the spill in the ditch, according to the report. Crews were at the scene cleaning the spill as of 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dispatchers called for traffic control, but it's unknown how the accident impacted traffic along the interstate or Liberty Lane.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department, Manvel Fire Department and Grand Forks Hazmat Response also responded to the scene.

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