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Truck strikes power lines in Glyndon

GLYNDON, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol cited a 59-year-old Moorhead man Monday after the gravel truck he was driving struck power lines and a traffic signal here.

The accident knocked out power to Xcel Energy customers, delayed the start of classes for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton students and resulted in at least $50,000 in damage.

Miles Hoff, who was driving a gravel truck owned by Gary Wyland Trucking of Glyndon, received driving citations for an "over height" violation and a medical card violation, which means he wasn't compliant with stipulations spelled out on the card required by all commercial vehicle drivers, the State Patrol said.

The gravel truck, with its box left in the upright position, was traveling on Highway 9 when the accident happened near the intersection of Highway 10 about three miles east of Glyndon, Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow said. Power lines were down across both lanes of Highway 9, and the intersection was temporarily closed, he said.

Hoff, who was uninjured, told the State Patrol he did not know why the box raised or why he didn't see it. The patrol said a commercial vehicle inspection was completed before determining violations.

Grabow said that due to the damage on the vehicle, the boom had to be cut off so the gravel box could be lowered. The estimated damage cost doesn't include fixing and replacing power lines or damage to the vehicle.

Xcel's website showed 554 people lost power at 5:42 a.m. in the Glyndon and Felton areas. A utility pole had to be reset as Xcel restored power to customers, Xcel spokesman Mark Nisbet said.

The traffic signal hit by the truck was scheduled to go into operation Monday, but its launch has been delayed indefinitely due to a damaged mast arm, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a news release. The signal will replace the two-way stop on Highway 9.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools delayed classes by two hours because of the power outage.