Hwy. 169 near Jordan open after massive corn spill

Corn spill shuts down Hwy. 169

JORDAN, Minn. - A semi trailer truck rolled on Highway 169 near Jordan Tuesday morning, closing the busy highway for hours.

State Patrol says the accident happened around 8 a.m. when a Chevy Silverado tried to make a U-turn onto 169 in front of a semi carrying a load of corn.

"The semi driver tried to swerve to avoid hitting the vehicle, but they did make contact," State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson says.

MnDOT says the truck was carrying close to 80,000 pounds of corn at the time. That corn sprayed out across all four lanes of 169 between the areas of State Highway 282 and Quaker Avenue.

"Sometimes things fall on the roadway and you have to come up with innovative ways to get the roadway clear," Nielson says.

Images from Sky 11 captured snow plows scraping a pile of corn that completely covered lanes on the northbound side of 169, while a pair of wreckers worked to right the semi truck. Spilled fuel from the truck also slowed down the reopening of the highway.   

 

A special vacuum truck was brought in to suck up the corn that spilled into the ditch. The semi was towed around 9:30 a.m., and all lanes of 169 were reopened to traffic just after 10 a.m. 

The driver of the SUV walked away uninjured, but was cited at the scene. The driver of the semi received minor injuries, but Nielson says they weren't bad enough to warrant medical attention.

"With all the corn that's leftover, we're concerned about animals being attracted that area," Nielson says. "Especially deer, and turkey are going to be drawn to that. Drivers need to be aware of that, especially during the morning and evening hours."

For more information on avoiding animals on the road, click here.

 

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