MnDOT advises drivers to avoid stretch of Hwy 371 until tonight
PEQUOT LAKES--Motorists are advised to avoid Highway 371 just south of Pequot Lakes this afternoon from 3-6 p.m. as the cleanup continues following a fatal head-on crash this morning.
PEQUOT LAKES-Motorists are advised to avoid Highway 371 just south of Pequot Lakes this afternoon from 3-6 p.m. as the cleanup continues following a fatal head-on crash this morning.
A 60-year-old Pequot Lakes man was killed this morning when the truck he was driving hit a semitrailer head-on on Highway 371, south of Pequot Lakes. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash at 6:31 a.m. in Sibley Township in Crow Wing County.
The stretch of highway reopened to traffic about 1:30 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Baxter reported. Baywest Environmental contractors are making their way to the site from St. Paul and are expected to be on scene about 3 p.m. today. Once there, MnDOT reports there will be a better understanding if a lane will be closed or if the shoulder will be closed. Use of the highway will be narrowed if the shoulder work is needed or down to one lane with flag operators if the lane needs to be closed. The environmental contractors will be picking up the contaminated sand, which was used to absorb spilled diesel fuel.
If one lane is closed, motorists will be stopped and take turns through the section of highway.
Either way traffic is expected to be moving slower through the section until cleanup is completed tonight.