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Highway 23 open again northeast of Willmar after fertilizer truck spill

Firefighters from the Spicer Fire Department, along with Minnesota State Patrol, check out the damage Wednesday following a fertilizer semi-truck roll-over on Highway 23 near Eagle Lake. The highway was closed while crews cleaned up the fertilizer which could possibly explode. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Updated 7:45 p.m.

WILLMAR -- Law enforcement officials started reopening traffic lanes along state Highway 23 north of Willmar at 7:45 p.m. today, following a detour lasting more than four hours.

Kandiyohi County sheriff's officers had detoured traffic between the Highway 71/23 intersection north of Willmar and Spicer due to a tipped fertilizer semi truck. The truck was pulled from the ditch at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The cleanup of the fertilizer truck is at the intersection of Highway 23 and Kandiyohi County Road 9 near Eagle Lake.

The mishap occurred sometime after 2:30 p.m. today.

Westbound traffic was detoured from Kandiyohi County Road 10 in Spicer west to Highway 71 and the detour route was reversed for eastbound traffic. The detour ended about 7:45 p.m.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office redirected traffic while work was underway to right the truck and clean up any fuel or fertilizer that may have been spilled.

The driver of the truck was not believed to be seriously injured.

Traffic was rerouted as a precaution because the accident involved a fertilizer truck, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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