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Potato truck struck by train in Ottertail

A potato truck was struck by a train on Elevator Drive in Ottertail Wednesday morning. (Kim Brasel/Perham Focus).

A potato truck was struck by a train at 64 Elevator Drive in Ottertail Wednesday morning, pushing the truck along the tracks for several yards before coming to a stop.

The driver, Kenneth Betts, 32, of Richville sustained serious injuries but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff office. Betts was initially taken by ambulance to Perham Health Hospital, then transported by air to Sanford health Hospital in Fargo. The crew of the train was not injured.

Witnesses stated the truck crossed the railroad tracks in front of the train without yielding.

Responders from Ottertail Rescue, Perham EMS, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.

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