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Semi rolls into ditch near Fergus Falls

A semi tractor and trailer hauling a load of sand in Otter Tail County last Tuesday morning left the roadway, entered a ditch, and rolled onto its side.

The driver, Elaine Rakstad, 56, of Vining, escaped injury.

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred near the intersection of County Road 18 and 250th Street, northeast of Fergus Falls, just before noon.

Rakstad was attempting to veer to the right, from pavement to gravel, when the vehicle went off the left side of the gravel and into the ditch, the sheriff’s office reported.

Rakstad told authorities she usually hauled silage and misjudged the stopping distance due to the extra weight of the sand.

Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent