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Gravel truck bed hits power lines

The raised bed of a gravel truck hit power lines near the intersections of Highway 10 and Highway 9 just east of Glyndon this morning, causing power outages throughout the area and about $50,000 damage to new traffic lights recently installed there.

The accident was reported about 6 a.m. Monday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, which responded to the scene.

The gravel truck had been eastbound on Highway 10 in the right lane near the intersection of Highway 9. The box of the truck was raised up and struck several power lines and the new semaphore at the intersection.

Power outages were reported throughout the area, and power lines were down across Highway 9, closing northbound and southbound traffic for approximately 45 minutes.

The driver of the gravel truck, Miles Hoff, 59, of Moorhead was not injured. Hoff did not know why the box raised or why he didn't see it.

A commercial vehicle inspection was completed and Hoff was cited for an "over height" violation and a "medical card" violation.

The truck is owned by Gary Wyland Trucking of Glyndon. Due to the damage on the vehicle, the boom had to be cut off so the gravel box could be lowered.

MNDOT officials believe damages to the semaphore will total at least $50,000. An estimated damage cost to the power lines has not been figured at this time.

The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.