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Published November 23, 2009, 11:39 AM

Semi-truck strikes farm tractor on Minnesota 200; truck driver hurt

Ronald A. Voltz, 66, of Mahnomen, was traveling east on state Highway 200 when he came upon an eastbound John Deere tractor pulling a farm implement. The tractor did not have lights, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

By: Bethany Wesley, Bemidji Pioneer

A 66-year-old semi-truck driver was taken to a Mahnomen, Minn., hospital following a collision this morning.

According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol out of Detroit Lakes, Minn.:

Ronald A. Voltz, 66, of Mahnomen, was traveling east on state Highway 200 when he came upon an eastbound John Deere tractor pulling a farm implement. The tractor did not have lights.

Voltz swerved to go around the tractor, but there was an oncoming vehicle in the westbound lane.

The left side of the semi – a 2001 Mack 600 – struck the right side of the tractor and the implement.

The semi entered the ditch and overturned onto its side in a field.

Voltz was taken to Mahnomen Health Center by Mahnomen County Ambulance with a possible broken leg.

The tractor driver, 59-year-old Gene A. Bjerken of Mahnomen was not injured.

The accident was reported at 11:05 a.m.

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