Forum Communications, Published October 14 2012
Minnesota State Patrol investigating fatal Polk County crashEAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – A man died Sunday afternoon after a collision of agricultural trucks near East Grand Forks.
The accident occurred about 4 p.m. at the corner of U.S. Highway 2 and Polk County Road 17, an intersection that is about one mile east of the American Crystal Sugar plant. County Road 17 also is known as 170th Street Southwest, which links U.S. Highway 2 with U.S. Business 2.
According to Luke Millette, a Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper, the accident victim was driving a truck filled with potatoes on U.S. Highway 2 eastbound. A semi-truck carrying sugar beets was traveling through the four-lane intersection, toward the plant, and was struck on the rear of the passenger side.
The semi-truck carrying the beets had the name R&B Growers, Fisher, Minn., on its cab.
The potato truck was spun 180 degrees and ended up in the northwest ditch of the intersection. The cab was crushed and jaws of life were used to extricate the victim.
“I don’t know why it happened; I just know where they hit,” Millette said.
The names of the two drivers will not be released until the investigation is complete, Millette said.