Minnesota State Highway Patrol Concerned with Number of Incidents Related to Beet Harvest

Minnesota State Highway Patrol Concerned with Number of Incidents Related to Beet Harvest

October 8, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/6/20)

Ada, MN — While the conditions have been nearly perfect to kick off the region’s sugar beet campaign, the Minnesota State Patrol is still responding to a number of accidents and mishaps during the first week of the harvest involving beet trucks. Sargent Jesse Grabow says they’re not off to the best of starts, and this time it can’t be blamed on muddy roads.

A 61-year-old man from Hawley was taken to the hospital after he went off the road and rolled his semi into the ditch on Highway 113 near Flom on Monday morning. Grabow says alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident and alcohol and heavy machinery is a recipe for disaster.

But it’s not just the truckers who need to drive with more caution. Sargent Grabow says we all have to share the road and the share the responsibility to drive safely.

And it’s not uncommon during the fall harvest to see the MNDOT pulling over trucks to make sure they meet DOT Standards and that they are not overweight. Grabow says there are several reasons why they place so much emphasis on making sure trucks meet the weight requirements.

No matter the vehicle you’re in, Sargent Grabow asks that you pay attention, buckle up, and drive sober.