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I-94 Accident Backs up Traffic for Miles


A semi truck hauling sunflowers tips and blocks traffic for miles this afternoon on Interstate 94.

The accident happened just before 2:30 this afternoon near mile marker 155 in the east bound lane.

Two balers cutting ditches along I-94 were driving in the center lane and the semi attempted to pass them.

The balers then attempted to merge into the far passing lane.

That's when the semi swerved to avoid them and tipped and slid.

"We had an eastbound truck tractor that was loaded with sunflowers and ended up rolling over on the highway and that load spread across three lanes which is blocking the traffic," Captain Kyle Kirchmeier said.

Kirchmeier says traffic was backed up for three to four miles because of the accident.

The driver of the semi, Bryan Hintz suffered minor injuries, the drivers of the balers were not involved in the accident.

Hintz says 45,000 pounds of the sunflower spilled onto the interstate.

HIntz would go on camera but off camera told us "God was watching over me today, Never had a ride like that."

The crash remains under investigation.

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