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11-08-2019 18:33:21

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Just drove through the cross roads near me near the elevator, was a bad wreck. A farm truck, on its side with corn on the highway, and a crumpled up utility truck down the road a few feet.

Has me shook up.

Iím pretty sure I recognize one of the vehicles.

Seeing a Ďround 400 bu straight truck got hit hard enough (Iím guessing) to rotate it and flip it on its side like that, man that had to be an impact.

Weíve worked on this harvest too long now, out slugging away in the snow and mud, and now the short days and early darkness, for what.

Turn ourselves into road kill?

Been too long of a bad season here.

They brought a helicopter so someone survived.

Just has me unsettled. I haul 60 loads through that intersection every fall too........


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55 50 Ron

11-09-2019 09:12:51

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
KNUJ radio news has some details. Says the truck driver was airlifted to Rochester with life threatening injuries.

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11-09-2019 04:00:01

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Busy on my road too,we are putting our beans in our bins,lets us avoid lots of fast drivers. All desolute roads.
Anytime there is a crash i feel for all involved

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11-09-2019 00:49:36

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Plus we got the out of state hunters, that will pull out, in front of a truck, just to go 300 feet, and then decide to make a left turn, that's the thanks the farmers get for providing the awesome wildlife habitat that they love!

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K Effective

11-08-2019 23:47:46

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Another tough year, Paul. It's my night off from work, and at 0237 here, the neighbor is still out combining beans. He's been at those 60 acres all night.
I cross paths with many people on their way home from work as I go in around 430pm, and have learned to wait for a few seconds at the two stoplights I pass- they think nothing of running red lights like New York taxi drivers.

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Kow Farmer

11-08-2019 20:56:58

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Paul, I heard 3 law enforcement vehicles fly past my place. I assume thatís where they went. Sad to read what happened. Youíre right though. This is a very challenging harvest. I think it is wearing everyone down too. I hope all involved are ok tonight. Kow Farmer Kurt

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11-08-2019 21:47:30

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to Kow Farmer, 11-08-2019 20:56:58  
Man that had to be an impact. The grain truck had the front axle/ wheels shoved out the (now) top, as it was laying on its side.

Just chilled me to see it.

And to recognize the truck from seeing the belly of it........

Not sure Iíll sleep tonight.

I combined 9 rounds of beans this afternoon. Dang things would not dry down, everybody elseís did, mine sat at 17.5 moisture. That was a $1.63 discount at the elevator, canít really do that. They finally dried on the third hard frost, 2 days before the snow they dropped to 12.8. Of course, had 4 days worth of beans.......

Ah well.


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11-09-2019 08:59:46

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 21:47:30  
Finally released the info on the state web site.

It was the army grain truck I saw wrecked on its side. So I was 99% sure I knew who it was.

Dick is in Rochester. I hope it all comes out ok. Iím a little related to them.

Couldnít sleep all night.


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11-08-2019 20:26:45

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
There's a curved T intersection with stop signs for eastbound traffic on a curve a quarter of a mile south of my house, with a grain elevator a mile to the west. Trees and a house block the view to the south.

During harvest, it's non-stop traffic past my house to the elevator, mostly semis, nowadays. I can sit on my front deck all day and watch grain trucks blow through the intersection without even slowing down, much less stopping for the stop signs. It's like they're playing Russian roulette.

I've had a lot of close calls myself at that intersection, and I think it's only a matter of time.

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11-08-2019 20:12:44

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Everyone is just in such a big hurry and if you do happen to make a mistake people will not even think of touching the brakes for you theyíd just as soon hit you as slow down .

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11-08-2019 19:38:40

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
I"m sure the detours in your area don"t help any, either. Seems every year there are fatalities in the sugar beet harvest in SW MN. Every driver trying to get as many loads in as possible, in the allotted time. Blind intersections, with the corn still standing. Haven"t heard of any this year, but I imagine there were some.

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11-08-2019 20:26:50

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to JMS/.MN, 11-08-2019 19:38:40  
Very busy corner with the elevator right there, main county road and state highway.

The county road doesnít cross square, itís more of a herring bone deal. So the vehicle pillars block visibility.

It is also the defacto detour for the state highway the past 2 years with the bridges being replaced.

Lot of traffic this time of year.

Scanner just mentioned a combine fire someplace 10 minutes ago.

And now they have a 100 mph police chase going on by Adrian MN.


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11-08-2019 19:09:25

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
Iím always pulling some kind of trailer whether with my pickup at home or hauling a backhoe around at work.its like;gotta go gotta go gotta go right now.no patience at all.and a signal means nothing to these people

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11-08-2019 18:45:33

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 Re: Bad wreck in reply to paul, 11-08-2019 18:33:21  
There has already been a few combines rear ended around here. Somehow, luckily, havenít heard of any fatalities or major injuries though. The last few years there has been a higher than normal number of accidents involving equipment both in the dark and in broad daylight. 99% caused by the driver of the vehicle not paying attention or trying to pass when they shouldnít.

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