OWATONNA — A Kansas City, Mo., man was injured Thursday when the semi he was driving rolled off Interstate 35 in Owatonna.
According the crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol, Randall E. Mott, 56, was driving the semi. He was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System — Owatonna with non-life threatening injuries.
Initially, a call went out at about 12:20 p.m. to the Owatonna Fire Department requesting that the department respond to a semi rollover on I-35 north.
Traffic was slowed on the interstate from the Bridge Street to accident scene, where at least a portion of the semi’s trailer sat in the middle of the bridge that crosses over Hoffman Drive.
The cab and another portion of the trailer came to rest at the bottom of the embankment next to the northbound exit for Hoffman Drive from I-35, with the contents of the trailer spilling out. The accident occurred at mile post 42.
According to the report, the truck was a 1987 Frue BTM truck with California plates. The truck was traveling northbound when it ran off the road to the left and then rolled over.
Northbound traffic was being diverted onto old Highway 14/Hoffman Drive. According to the state patrol’s report, the road was dry at the time of the accident. At about 1:15 p.m., the left lane of northbound I-35 had been cleared, but the right lane was still blocked.
Dean’s West Side Towing had multiple trucks on scene working to clear the roadway. Along with the Owatonna Fire Department, the Owatonna Police Department, Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Gold Cross Ambulance all responded to the scene.
Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele said units from the sheriff’s office were on hand to provide extra emergency lights to alert motorists as well as to help divert traffic into the correct lanes as they approached the accident.
The totaled truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident, according to the state patrol. Mott was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and no alcohol was detected.
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