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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Driver of semi, Westin, in collision with train dies

  • Westin was hauling a load of anhydrous ammonia when his tanker was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Murdock in Swift County last Tuesday.
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  • The driver of a semi that collided with a freight train in western Minnesota last week has died.
    St. Cloud Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler says Eric Westin, of Pine City, died early Monday morning. Westin was hauling a load of anhydrous ammonia when his tanker was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Murdock in Swift County last Tuesday. The train's engine pushed the semi off the road and caused a rupture and leak which led to a temporary evacuation of the area.
    Three train crew members were injured, treated at a hospital and released.

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