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Driver hits gas instead of brake, ends up on rail bed

A car ran off the end of state Highway 40 Friday at the intersection with U.S. Highway 12 in west Willmar, and ended up along the Willmar-Morris line of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The driver of passenger car and his two passengers were not seriously injured. Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan

WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Willmar man refused to be transported by ambulance after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway west of Willmar and came to rest the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway rail bed.

According to the crash report, Ahmednur Daahir was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile north on State Highway 40, now known as Industrial Drive, and attempted to turn onto Highway 12 when he pressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. The car struck a light pole, went through the ditch and came to rests at the edge of the railroad tracks. The crash happened around 7:05 a.m. Friday.

Daahir was cited for careless driving. Rail traffic was delayed for almost an hour while the crash was investigated and the vehicle towed. Utility workers assisted with removal of the light pole.