Semi accident shuts down Hwy 76 Thursday afternoon

Highway 76 between Caledonia and Houston was closed for nearly eight hours Thursday afternoon when a northbound Caledonia Haulers semi tractor filled with milk, failed to negotiate one of the sharp curves on Badger Hill, flipped on its side and came to rest on the guardrail in the southbound lane shortly before noon. Units from the Minnesota State Patrol, Mn/DOT, the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, Caledonia Fire & Rescue, Caledonia Area Ambulance Service and Medlink from La Crosse were all called to the scene. The driver of the semi, Ronald Meyer, 70, of Sumner, Iowa, was conscious and communicating with rescue workers, but was pinned inside what was left of the cab. Several tow trucks were called in to help stabilize the semi before the jaws of life could be used to extradite the driver. He was transported to a La Crosse hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Photo by Charlie Warner
Members of the Caledonia Fire Department worked to stablize the semi tractor, as they waited for several tow trucks to arrive Thursday afternoon five miles north of Caledonia on Highway 76. Photo by Charlie Warner