A Thompson, N.D., man identified as Howard Pribula, 59, died Sunday afternoon after two agricultural trucks collided near East Grand Forks.
The accident occurred about 4 p.m. at the corner of U.S. Highway 2 and Polk County Road 17, an intersection that is about one mile east of the American Crystal Sugar plant. County Road 17, also known as 170th St. S.W., links U.S. Highway 2 with U.S. Business 2.
According to Luke Millette, a Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper, Pribula was driving a truck filled with potatoes on U.S. Highway 2 eastbound. A semi-truck carrying sugar beets and driven by Kelly Shey, 61, Circle Pines, Minn., was traveling through the four-lane intersection, toward the plant, and was struck on the rear of the passenger side. Shey was not injured.
The semi had the name R&B Growers, Fisher, Minn., on its cab.
The potato truck was spun 180 degrees and ended up in the northwest ditch of the intersection. The cab was crushed, and the Jaws of Life were used to extricate the victim.
“I don’t know why it happened; I just know where they hit,” Millette said.