Sheriff: Speed Contributing Factor in Hibbing Semi-Truck Rollover

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Hibbing Fire Chief Scott Nehiba

Sheriff: Speed Contributing Factor in Hibbing Semi-Truck Rollover

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says speed appears to be a contributing factor in the tanker truck rollover near Hibbing Taconite last week.

The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle has wrapped up their investigation into the accident and say no violations were found that would have contributed to the rollover.

However, authorities believe speed was a factor in the incident as the driver attempted to turn off of County Road 5 onto the mine entrance road.

The case has been referred to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office in Hibbing for appropriate charges.

The name of the tanker truck driver has also been released. 62 year old Dan Joseph Richards of Virginia was driving the tanker carrying about 40,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate when the semi rolled. He sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Back on Friday, authorities responded to the report of a Dyno Nobel tanker that rolled on its side along County Road 5 at the entrance to Hibbing Taconite.

The tanker was hauling about 40,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, which is an explosive material used in the blasting process at Hib-Tac.

No ammonium nitrate leaked out of the tanker. About five gallons of fuel oil spilled out of the truck, however crews contained the fuel quickly.

Crews were able to off-load the ammonium nitrate and transferred the substance to another tanker truck.

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