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Heavy load causes truck to tip

DULUTH - A tractor-trailer carrying multiple rolls of paper each weighing in excess of 6,000 pounds tipped onto its side Friday morning along Port Terminal Drive in Duluth.

DULUTH - A tractor-trailer carrying multiple rolls of paper each weighing in excess of 6,000 pounds tipped onto its side Friday morning along Port Terminal Drive in Duluth.

The driver was uninjured after the accident along a 90-degree bend in the road.

"I wish they wouldn't but things happen - pretty seldomly, but they do," said Bob Broking, owner of the Grand Rapids trucking company, Broking Transport.

The truck, Broking said, was carrying cargo from the UPM Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids to Lake Superior Warehousing Co. on Port Terminal Drive. The truck tipped in front of Lake States Lumber, 1102 Port Terminal Drive about 5:40 a.m.

Duluth police said no mechanical issues were found with the truck.

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Police blocked off the road to through traffic for about an hour as Lake City Towing used a heavy-duty crane truck with cables attached to three points at the front, middle and back of the tipped rig to right it onto inflatables that cushioned the semi's impact with the ground. Rolls of paper had to be removed from the trailer it was able to be pulled upright.

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