MURDOCK — There were no injuries and no threat to the public following a crash Thursday evening between a train and a semi carrying a load of anhydrous ammonia at the 60th Street Southeast and U.S. Highway 12 crossing just west of Murdock.
The crash took place around 6:14 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Swift County Sheriff's Office. The semi was coming off Highway 12 and onto 60th Street Southeast.
The driver of the semi was identified as Wayne Allen Nelson, 60, of Fargo, North Dakota. He was not injured.
A semi hauling a full load of anhydrous ammonia to the Koch plant west of Murdock was crossing the railroad tracks when it was hit by a BNSF Railway train headed west. The train hit the rear end of the tanker, causing it to detach from the semi and roll, the news release said. The tank sustained heavy damage, but did not spring a leak. The trailer was towed from the scene.
Assisting at the scene were the Murdock Fire Department, Benson Fire Department, Kerkhoven Fire Department, De Graff Fire Department, Murdock First Responders, Kerkhoven Ambulance and the Minnesota State Patrol.