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Driver killed in turkey truck crash near Rollag, Minn.

Hundreds of turkeys cower in the cold and rain Friday morning after the truck they were in spilled down the west bank of Cass County Highway 35 south of Rollag, Minn. The driver of the truck was killed in the accident. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

UPDATED 9:45 a.m.

ROLLAG, Minn. - The driver of a turkey truck died after the truck left a Clay County road near here and rolled "at least 50 feet" down an embankment, Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.

Hundreds of turkeys were still loose as of 8 a.m., he said.

It was unclear where the turkeys were headed but a Jennie-O spokeswoman said they were not the company's birds.

The driver's name was not released. He is not from Clay County, Bergquist said.

Authorities received a call at 4:21 a.m. from someone who saw debris on County Road 35 about six miles south of Rollag. The caller said he thought it may have been an accident but wasn't sure if he saw a vehicle, according to the dispatch log.

Emergency responders arrived and saw a semitrailer at the bottom of the embankment. The driver was trapped in the cab, Bergquist said.

"We did take quite a while to get to the driver, but when we did the driver was deceased," he said.

The road curves where the accident happened, but it's unclear why the semitrailer left the roadway, he said.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Barnesville fire and ambulance and the Hawley Police Department assisted at the scene.

Rollag is around 20 miles east of Moorhead.

Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.