Highway reopens 2 days after semi/train crash

11:28 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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MURDOCK, Minn. - A heavily-used highway in western Minnesota is open again two days after a crash that involved a semi-truck hauling anhydrous ammonia collided with a train.

The Swift County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday State Highway 12 is open for traffic between Murdoch and DeGraff after crews removed the damaged truck and trailer. Motorists are urged to use caution as crews will still be working near the intersection of Highway 12 and Swift County Road 85.

Four people were hospitalized and a local elementary school evacuated after the Burlington Northern train struck the rear of the tanker trailer Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m., releasing what authorities called a "small" amount of anhydrous ammonia.

Burlington Northern spokeswoman Amy McBeth says three train crew members suffered non-life threatening injuries and the driver of the semi was also hurt. Sheriff's officials say one of injured was airlifted from the scene.

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