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Four injured in I-94 spill west of Fargo

The MeritCare LifeFlight helicopter lands on Interstate 94 near Casselton after a multiple-vehicle accident involving an agricultural spill Monday in the eastbound lanes. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

CASSELTON, N.D. - Four people were injured in a crash near Casselton that prompted authorities to close the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 late Monday morning.

A large Kenworth truck hauling livestock feed byproduct dumped part of its load on I-94 about one mile east of Casselton, causing two vehicles to crash, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The truck driver, 54-year-old Charles McCarthy of Ulen, Minn., told the Highway Patrol he didn't stop and was unaware of causing the accident, which occurred at 11:35 a.m.

The truck's end gate either wasn't closed securely after it was loaded or became unlatched or unlocked during the trip, the patrol said.

A van driven by Susan Leadbetter, 47, of Valley City began to slide when she drove through the byproduct, which was 4 to 6 inches thick on the roadway.

The van lost traction and smashed into the back end of a car driven by Edward Eastley, 74, of Buffalo.

Three-year-old Dillan Heidt of West Fargo was a passenger in Leadbetter's van.

Phyllis Eastley, 73, was in the vehicle driven by Edward Eastley.

All four people were taken to Fargo's MeritCare Hospital with minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.

A LifeFlight helicopter came to the crash scene and blocked vehicles from travelling east until crews could clear the I-94 roadway.