Semi blocks traffic for 7 hrs.

Published 10:05 am Wednesday, July 15, 2009

One of the westbound lanes of Freeborn County Road 46 was blocked for more than seven hours Tuesday after a semi tipped over in the roadway just under the Exit 11 overpass on Interstate 35, injuring its driver.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, Douglas N. Besh, 47, of Rush City was driving a 1999 Freightliner semi northbound on I-35 at about 4:12 a.m. Tuesday. The semi exited the freeway, left the roadway and tipped over, blocking westbound County Road 46.

Besch was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated.

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The State Patrol report did not indicate a cause in the crash and stated it was unknown whether there was alcohol in the man’s system. The semi was damaged severely.

The road condition at the time was not recorded.

Crews could be seen cleaning up debris from the semi into the day, and by noon most of it had been cleaned up.

Assisting at the scene were the Albert Lea Police Department and the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.