Rolled Truck Removed; Highway 5 Reopened to Traffic (With Photos)

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Credit: Hibbing Fire Chief Scott Nehiba

Rolled Truck Removed; Highway 5 Reopened to Traffic (With Photos)


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August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Crews have removed the semi truck carrying 44,000 pounds of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that rolled near Hibbing Friday morning.

Crews off loaded the 42,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and transferred the substance to another semi. Once the product was removed, the rolled semi was righted on its wheels using two semi tow trucks with booms.

Highway 5, where the truck rolled over, has been re-opened to traffic.

About five gallons of fuel oil from the truck spilled, but the ammonium nitrate being transported did not spill. Crews contained the fuel spill and an environmental clean-up crew has responded to the scene.

The incident occurred about two miles away from Hibbing Taconite's mine around 8 Friday morning. Officials say the Dyno Nobel tanker truck rolled as it turned into the entrance of Hibbing Taconite. The driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

No employees at Hibbing Taconite were affected by the accident and production continued as normal.

Hibbing Taconite is owned by Cliffs Natural Resources.

Ammonium nitrate is commonly used as a high–nitrogen fertilizer, and is used in 80 percent of explosives in North America.

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