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Jackknifed semi stops traffic on Highway 14 near Kasson

Jackknifed semi
Jackknifed semi

NEAR KASSON, Minn. (FOX47) -- Fox47 was at the scene of a jackknifed semi on Highway 14 about a mile west of Kasson on Monday afternoon.

Dodge County Sheriff's deputies said there are no injuries, and that the crash happened at about 2:40 p.m.

As of 3:30 p.m., traffic on Highway 14 is being rerouted, and deputies are working to clear the debris and open one lane of traffic.

Veteran truck driver Victor Alvarez said he was shaken up by the accident and that this was the first time he's ever jackknifed in his 30 year career.

"I was doing between 25 and 35 mph," said Alvarez. "It just felt like I was just [floating] in the air. The wind made my truck jackknife. That was so hard with the wind and the icy road conditions.. it's hard to stay safe."

Alverez says it will cost around $15,000 to fix the damage to his truck.

Deputies do not recommend travel as dropping temperatures and strong winds contribute to very icy roads.

Several crashes, rollovers and spin offs have been reported on Monday in the area.

The Minnesota State Patrol says between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, 52 vehicles went off roadways in southeastern Minnesota, there were 28 crashes that involved property damage and ten where people were injured. There were also eight semi trucks that jackknifed.

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