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Published July 10 2010

Moorhead semi driver hurt in crash with train

KENSINGTON, Minn. – A Moorhead semi driver suffered serious injuries in a crash with a train west of here Friday afternoon.

The crash happened about 12:20 p.m. on the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks in Douglas County just east of the border with Grant County.

A preliminary investigation showed that the semi driver, who was working on a resurfacing project on Highway 55, was westbound on Highway 55 and turned north onto Sandy Hill Road/100th Avenue, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The semi cab was struck on the passenger side by a westbound Canadian Pacific Railway train. The semi driver, Jeffrey Scott Klinkhammer, 52, of Moorhead, was ejected from the cab.

Klinkhammer was transported to the Douglas County Hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s offices from Douglas and Grant counties and the State Patrol responded to the scene. The Kensington Fire Department and First Responders also assisted.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division.