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Forum staff reports, Published September 26 2011

UPDATED: Gravel truck driver cited in mishap that knocked out power, delayed D-G-F schools

GLYNDON, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol cited a 59-year-old Moorhead man today after the gravel truck he was driving struck power lines and a traffic signal here.

The accident knocked out power to Xcel Energy customers, delayed the start of classes for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton students and resulted in at least $50,000 in damages.

Miles Hoff, who was driving a gravel truck owned by Gary Wyland Trucking of Glyndon, received driving citations for an “Over Height” violation and a “Medical Card” violation, the State Patrol said in a news release.

The gravel truck, with its box left in the upright position, was traveling on Highway 9 when the accident happened near the intersection of Highway 10 about three miles east of Glyndon, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said. Power lines were down across both lanes of Highway 9, and the intersection was temporarily closed, he said.

Hoff, who was uninjured, told the State Patrol he did not know why the box raised or why he didn’t see it. The patrol said a commercial vehicle inspection was completed before determining violations.

Grabow said due to the damage on the vehicle, the boom had to be cut off so the gravel box could be lowered. The estimated damage cost doesn’t include fixing and replacing power lines or damage to the vehicle.

Xcel’s website showed 554 people lost power at 5:42 a.m. in the Glyndon and Felton areas. Power had been restored to all but 11 customers by 8:20 a.m. Xcel spokesman Mark Nisbet said a utility pole had to be reset to restore power to the remaining customers.

The traffic signal hit by the truck was new and wasn’t in operation yet, Grabow said.

No one was injured in the accident, which remains under investigation, Grabow said.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools delayed classes by two hours because of the power outage.