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Minn. man injured when semi-trailer full of soybeans rolls on Highway 72

TOWN OF EL PASO -- A Minnesota man driving a semi-tractor trailer loaded with soybeans was injured when the trailer jackknifed, causing the vehicle to overturn and roll into a ditch Tuesday morning in the town of El Paso.

According the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in at 11:34 a.m. Dec. 4 on State Highway 72 west of 330th Street. The westbound semi, operated by Michael Koehl, 32, Hancock, Minn., was heading down a hill and negotiating a curve in the road when Koehl lost control and the trailer jackknifed. The semi-tractor and trailer overturned on the roadway before entering the north ditch and continuing to roll.

Ellsworth Ambulance transported Koehl to River Falls Area Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Koehl was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, according to the PCSO.

Ellsworth Fire, Ellsworth Ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Pierce County Highway Department assisted PCSO at the scene.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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