City of Ottertail sign

(Ottertail, MN) Highway 108/78 in the City of Ottertail was closed for several hours today following a collision between a Canadian Pacific Railroad train and a semi-trailer.  According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office a Reinhart Food Services tractor trailer was south on North Lake Street from Elevator drive around 7:40am.  It crossed the railroad tracks as an approaching southbound train was coming. The train collided with the trailer portion of the semi. The trailer contained food grade restaurant supplies, which were scattered all over the area. The driver of the truck was uninjured and the train conductor sustained minor injuries from the impact.  The conductor did not need medical attention.

There was significant damage to the truck and trailer, and minor damage to the locomotive.  Charges pending for driver of the tractor trailer for unsafe railroad crossing.