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Published October 10, 2013, 01:53 PM

Beet truck overturns near East Grand Forks

Sugar beets and hydraulic fluid covered the road in East Grand Forks Thursday afternoon after a semi-trailer turned on it's side.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Sugar beets and hydraulic fluid covered the road in East Grand Forks Thursday afternoon after a semi-trailer turned on it's side.

Police say the driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police say the driver received some lacerations to his arm after overturning the sugar beet truck this afternoon.

The accident happened some time after 1 p.m. when the driver was headed eastbound on County Road 19 and turned too quickly on 5th Avenue Northeast. Both East Grand Forks Police and Fire responded.

Crews were able to clear off the sugar beets, hydraulic oil and diesel fuel within two hours. The truck appeared to belong to Honek Farms out of East Grand Forks, as indicated by the name on the side of the vehicle. Police say most beet trucks have a high center of gravity and when they corner too fast, they can tip over.

"There are some skid marks on the corner which indicates to us that he was coming in at a bit of an excessive speed so the driver will most likely be cited for going too fast," said Steve Demers with the East Grand Forks Police department.

Police have not released the name of the driver, but did say he was

picked up by a private party and taken to Altru for a laceration to his arm. Police say they haven't determined the official cause of the accident yet.

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