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Eastbound lanes of Highway 10 reopen after fiery crash of 2 semis near Audubon

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Two semis collided Friday morning, Feb. 16, on U.S. Highway 10 between Audubon and Lake Park. Special to The Forum2 / 4
Photo courtesy of Nick Broadway / WDAY. 3 / 4
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AUDUBON, Minn. – Two semis collided Friday morning, Feb. 16, on U.S. Highway 10 between Audubon and Lake Park, causing eastbound lanes to close for several hours.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., the eastbound lanes were reopened, according to Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol.

A passerby reported the crash at 7:54 a.m. after a semi pulled out of a driveway into the path of the other semi travelling east on Highway 10, resulting in the collision, the patrol said.

The trailers of both trucks caught on fire, and the cab of the eastbound semi also caught on fire.

The patrol identified the semi drivers as Christopher Joe Groninga, 27, of Detroit Lakes, and Kevin Jay Meyer, 46, of Fargo. Neither was hurt, the patrol said.

One semi was carrying sunflower seeds, which became a smoldering pile on the highway. The other semi was hauling building supplies, including nails.

Thousands of nails spilled onto the highway and had to be removed from the road. The nails couldn’t be picked up with a magnet because they were aluminum. 

The patrol said sunlight was a factor in the crash.

WDAY-TV reporter Nick Broadway contributed to this report.

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