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Published May 18, 2012, 09:42 PM

Highway 59 Near Plummer Now Open After Fuel Spill

NEAR PLUMMER, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has re-opened Highway 59 and removed the detour at Plummer after crews completed their work to repair the highway.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

NEAR PLUMMER, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has re-opened Highway 59 and removed the detour at Plummer after crews completed their work to repair the highway.

The road had been closed since March 31 when a semitrailer collided with a train at the highway crossing, spilling about 30,000 gallons of fuel. The driver of the semi, 65-year-old Dale Buzzell of Isanta, MN, died in the crash.

Crews were removing all of the contaminated soil near the crash. The road was closed to make room for trucks hauling the soil out. Officials said the city of Plummer was never in danger from the leak.

The cause of the crash isn't yet known. Officials said the cross arms and lights were working at the time. Red Lake Count Sheriff Mitch Bernstein earlier speculated that the semi driver may have suffered from a medical condition. Alcohol was not suspected as a cause.

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