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Published August 02 2012

Oil tanker rolls over on Interstate 94

CASSELTON, N.D. – A Hope man was injured when his semi clipped a tanker truck near here on Interstate 94 on Thursday afternoon, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The patrol is still investigating the cause of the incident that put the unidentified North Dakota man in the hospital.

“He claimed he was having some kind of medical problem, coughing, and didn’t remember what happened,” said Sgt. Dave Wolf of the patrol. “We’re kind of unsure as to why he lost control.”

The semi driver is being kept overnight at Sanford Medical Center with non-critical injuries, he said. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Wolf said the driver of the tanker truck, also unidentified, was transported to Essentia Health but was later released.

Troopers spent hours cleaning up an oil spill caused by the collision, after the westbound semi clipped the westbound tanker, causing the tanker to go into the ditch and roll over, Wolf said.

Between 200 and 300 gallons of low-grade oil spilled out of the tanker, but Wolf said it was not hazardous.

One lane of traffic was closed in each direction of I-94 as troopers worked to right the tanker and clean up the spill, Wolf said.