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Polk County Sheriff's Office responds to separate semi accidents

Minor injuries in one incident, no injuries in the other.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to two accidents involving semi trucks on Friday, Oct. 14.

According to a release from the office, the first came Friday morning, after a semi had gone off the road near the corner of County Road 21 and 400th Avenue Northwest. The road was covered with mud at the time. The driver, Jonathan Smith, of Mayville, N.D., suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Hospital. Warren Ambulance and Warren Fire Department assisted on the scene.

The other was later Friday morning, south of American Crystal Sugar in Crookston. According to Sheriff's Office report, a semi failed to yield to a train at a crossing controlled by human flaggers and was struck by the passing train cars, at slow speed. The driver of the truck, David Lietz, of Harwood, N.D., was not injured. He was cited for failure to stop for a human flagger at a rail crossing.

County Road 9 was closed until the semi and train were removed. Minnesota State Patrol and the Crookston Police Department assisted.

In both incidents, the drivers were wearing seat belts.

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