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Sebeka driver killed as fuel, grain trucks collide in Grant County

The view of the accident from the top of a hill west of Hoffman on Highway 27. Emergency personnel had blocked roads in a one-square mile area around the crash site. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

Joseph C. Hensel, a 61-year-old Sebeka man, was killed Monday when the semi-truck he was driving hit another truck at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 27 in Grant County. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the other driver, Alan Lee Powell, 63, of Mexico, Missouri, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The report said Powell was westbound in a 2014 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer on Highway 27 just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, and stopped at the intersection. He pulled across Highway 59, which does not have a stop sign. Hensel, the driver of the southbound 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer on Highway 59, attempted to brake but hit the rear of the other trailer and was killed on impact.

At the scene, officials said one truck was pulling a tanker filled with fuel, while the other was hauling grain.

Road blockades were set up by law enforcement and fire departments in a one-square-mile area around the crash site. Law enforcement and emergency personnel at the blockades said the barriers and detour was because of the hazardous material in the tanker.

The state patrol report did not indicate which truck was hauling which load.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office and emergency crews from Barrett, Hoffman and the Minnesota Department of Transportation were at the scene.

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