BELFIELD - Interstate 94 and Highway 10 shut down for several hours between South Heart and Belfield because of a semi truck rollover on Friday afternoon, causing headaches for commuters.
Roads were closed to allow crews to clean spilled jet fuel and pesticide from the area.
The 1999 Kenworth truck, hauling a flatbed trailer, rolled off Highway 10 while the driver attempted to negotiate a turn about four miles west of South Heart.
The truck rolled over into a ditch on the right side of the road. It came to rest on its top.
North Dakota Highway Patrol officers detoured motorists to U.S. Highway 85, and State Highways 200 and 22.
Belfield Ambulance transported the 29-year-old male driver from Beulah to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson, according to highway patrol. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Officials did not immediately release his name.
His condition was unknown as of press time.
No other vehicles or people were involved in the accident, Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said.
Authorities were called to the scene at about 11:10 a.m., Tuhy added.
Vehicles were backed up at the I-94’s South Heart and Belfield exits as highway patrol officers guided traffic.
The I-94 westbound lane opened after about three hours, while the eastbound lane stayed closed until after 6 p.m. Highway 10 lanes were projected to be opened later in the evening, after crews finished pumping oil from the truck’s tank and taking it away from the scene.
The driver was hauling jet fuel and pesticide, which both spilled onto the road, Tuhy said. He was heading to meet a helicopter that was spraying chemicals near railroad tracks.
Firefighters were spraying off the road to keep drivers from inhaling dangerous fumes. Trucks were dumping loads of soil onto spilled fuel to prevent another fire.
Multiple first responders arrived at the scene. The South Heart Fire Department, and both Dickinson’s city and rural fire departments also responded.
A Hazmat crew from Mandan was called in to clean hazardous liquids from the area. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Dickinson Press Managing Editor Dustin Monke contributed to this report.