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Grain truck hung up: Willmar traffic snarled by semi mishap

Traffic on the intersection of Litchfield Avenue and First Street in Willmar was blocked for several hours Sunday after a truck hauling grain got hung up on the corner. Grain from the stuck truck was vacuumed from the vehicle and transferred to other trucks before the truck could be moved. For more information on the accident, please turn to Records on Page A8. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

WILLMAR -- Traffic at a key intersection in Willmar had to be rerouted Sunday for more than five hours 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. The driver, identified as Marvin E. Thompson of West Fargo, N.D., was unhurt.

Willmar Police were assisted by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Willmar Public Works