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Trailer tips load at Hwy. 71 roundabout when hitch breaks

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A trailer hauling a Lull forklift tipped sideways Nov. 21 at the U.S. Hwy. 71 roundabout in Park Rapids. The accident was caused by the failure of a pintle hitch on the Peterbilt truck, registered to Minnesota Valley Irrigation in Wadena. (Park Rapids Police Department photo)

A semi trailer tipped over Nov. 21 at the roundabout in Park Rapids.

According to a Park Rapids Police Department incident report, at approximately 7:17 p.m., a trailer was overturned in the southbound lane of U.S. Hwy. 71 at the roundabout intersection.

Officers arrived at the scene and directed traffic around the accident until the scene was cleared. Their investigation found that the truck’s pintle hitch broke off, causing the trailer to tip onto its side. The only other visible damage to the truck was broken glass from the Lull forklift that was on the trailer.

The truck’s driver was Kevin Paul Wiese, 48, of Verndale. No injury information was provided. The trailer and the Lull were removed from the scene by J & D towing.

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