State patrol reports driver of tanker not injured

Firefighters work along Highway 371 near the College Road intersection. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BAXTER — The driver of a tanker truck that rolled over on Highway 371 in Baxter Wednesday, March 18, was not injured, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

The rollover, reported at 2:45 p.m., was near the intersection of Highway 371 and College Road in Baxter. Brainerd firefighters had to extricate the driver — identified as Adam D. Tietz, 28, of Fergus Falls — from the cab of the 2007 Peterbilt semitractor-trailer.

Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes estimated about 600-800 gallons of gasoline leaked from the tanker. Brainerd had 24 firefighters respond and about a dozen remained on scene until just after 9 p.m. As emergency responders were cleaning up the crash, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced the northbound lanes of Highway 371 between Highland Scenic Road and Glory Road were closed, while the southbound lanes were open. Motorists were urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

The state patrol reported its commercial motor vehicle inspectors continue to investigate the crash.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Police Department and North Memorial Health Ambulance were also on scene, along with oil spill response equipment from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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