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Accident near Gardner on I-55 leaves one injured

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 9:21 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:32 a.m. CST

GARDNER – A semi truck rolled over and landed into a ditch on Interstate 55 near the Gardner exit on Monday morning.

“For unknown reasons at this time (the truck) left the roadway,” Gardner Fire Chief Terry Jensen said about 8:30 a.m. “State police are still on scene trying to upright the semi as we speak.”

The call came in just before 5 a.m., Jensen said. When emergency responders arrived on scene the truck driver said he was able to get out the vehicle by himself through the windshield.

Jensen said he did not know how many times the truck rolled, but it landed on the driver’s side and was “just demolished.” The driver was transported to Morris Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The truck was about 300 feet off the road before it rolled and ended up in the east ditch, Jensen said.

“The tractor itself is just destroyed,” he said.

Master Sgt. Martez Malone of state police District 5 said the investigation is still pending and no charges have yet been filed on the incident. As of 10:15 a.m. state police were still on scene of the accident.

The semi was hauling asphalt oil and the accident caused a minor leak that responders were able to contain, said Jensen.

The state police and Gardner Fire Department are investigating the incident.

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