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Semi mishap causes traffic snarl in Willmar

WILLMAR -- Traffic at a key intersection in Willmar had to be rerouted for more than five hours today after a semi got stuck while turning the corner at Litchfield Avenue and First Street.

Willmar Police were sent to the scene at 10:47 a.m. after receiving a call that the truck was blocking traffic.

Police said the truck, which was hauling grain, had been eastbound on Litchfield Avenue and was turning south onto First Street when the rear trailer tires struck the stoplight pole. Two of the rear axles were damaged and the truck was unable to move.

Traffic was diverted until 4 p.m. while the truck was unloaded and two towing companies removed the semi.