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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Truck Blocks Tracks

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  • Many people have superstitions about Friday the 13th, and for one Idaho man those superstitions became reality.
    It was one for the record books Friday afternoon when a truck driver attempted to drive over the tracks and got stuck in the deep snow on the other side, pinning his truck and blocking off the railroad, between the VFW and Tony Downs Foods.
    "I've never seen anything like that in all my years," said Chief of Police Mark Carvatt. "He thought it was an access road, but obviously there wasn't one."
    Police received a call around 2 p.m. Friday explaining that the truck was blocking the railway. When they arrived at the scene they couldn't believe what they saw.
    "I laughed when I saw it. I couldn't believe it, but I felt bad for the guy," said Carvatt. "He's from out of town, and he didn't know that the other side of the tracks dropped like it did and was packed with snow."
    The truck was extracted after about 20 minutes, but the landing gear on the carrier was damaged.
    Idaho's Jonathon Silver said this was the first time he had been in St. James. The truck is a specialized carrier for Werner Enterprises, Omaha, Neb.
    "The only statement I really want to make is there ought to be a sign saying no crossing coming out of that plant," said Silver.
    For more on this story, please see the December 19 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.

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