Diesel fuel, canola oil spill into river valley along I-29 after semi crash
HILLSBORO, N.D. – Clean up efforts are underway after a semi truck hauling canola oil lost control and then struck and landed on top of a bridge guardrail, with the trailer falling below into a frozen Elm River Monday, Jan. 15.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that Howard Taylor, 69, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was traveling southbound on Interstate 29 about six miles south of Hillsboro. At 6:30 p.m., Taylor went to make a lane change when a strong gust of wind blew up a “dense cloud of snow” causing visibility issues and the semi went onto the right shoulder, striking a metal and then a concrete bridge guardrail.
The semi ended up facing east on top of the bridge railing and the trailer tipped over and fell onto the Elm River.
Diesel fuel from the truck and “some” canola oil spilled into the river valley, the patrol reports. Troopers contacted the North Dakota Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services in Traill County for clean-up efforts.
The patrol didn’t indicate how badly the river was affected.