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Forum staff reports, Published May 24 2013

VIDEO: Diesel fuel spilled into creek in I-94 truck crash near Casselton


CASSELTON, N.D. – A 60-year-old Enderlin truck driver was taken to the hospital Friday after his dump truck careened into Swan Creek off Interstate 94 east of Casselton, spilling diesel fuel into the creek, authorities said.

Donald Mathew Janner was traveling east in I-94 in the right lane when a front tire blew out and he lost control of the truck, which crashed through the guard rail in the south ditch, Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The truck became embedded into the east bank of the creek and Janner was pinned inside the truck cab until he was rescued by the Casselton Fire Department, Hischer said.

Janner was stable at the scene, Trooper Jeremy Buehre said, but he was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health in Fargo for his injuries, according to the news release.

The hazardous materials team from the Fargo Fire Department used equipment to stop about 150 gallons of diesel fuel from flowing downriver from the creek into the Maple River, Acting Battalion Chief Dave Conrad said in a news release.

Conrad said in the release that the amount of fuel that leaked from the truck into the water is unknown.