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Semi hits South Heart exit overpass with frac tanks

A semi driver hit the South Heart exit with his cargo Thursday.

Thomas Basler, Cheyenne, Wyo., was driving west on Interstate 94 in a 1997 Kenworth Truck with a flatbed trailer when he failed to turn onto Exit 51 north of South Heart, according to the North Dakota State Highway. The 54-year-old was hauling two oversized frac tanks from Stanley to Ludlow, S.D. The tanks struck the overpass, which caused minor damage to the bridge and tanks.

Basler was given a permitted route which instructed him to turn onto the exit to avoid the overhead, according to the release. He was not injured and was cited for violating the terms and conditions of the oversize permit.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation inspected the overhead Thursday. Officials said in the release there was no safety concern for the traveling public.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.