Oversized load rolls, prompting closure of Hwy 2 west

WARD COUNTY, N.D. – UPDATE: The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes of Highway 2, near mile marker 134 west of Minot, have since reopened.

The patrol says 42-year-old Thomas Shackleford, of Alberta, was headed eastbound from the Stanley area to Portal around 9:10 a.m., hauling an oil cooler for use in the oilfields.

They say he missed his turn to Highway 52 and successfully managed to turn around, but the articulated wheels on the trailer had a mechanical issue, prompting him to pull to the side of the road. When he did, the trailer sunk in saturated ground, and rolled.

No one was hurt. The westbound lanes were closed off for roughly 10 hours while crews cleared the area.

ORIGINAL STORY: An oversized load hauled by a commercial vehicle headed westbound overturned Friday morning near the junction of Highway 2 and 52, prompting the North Dakota Highway Patrol to redirect traffic.

The patrol says that the vehicle had mechanical issues, so the driver pulled on to the north shoulder near mile marker 134. The ground was too saturated to support the load, and it overturned.

No one was hurt. Motorists are advised to use a detour route that starts at 19th Avenue NW and goes toward Des Lacs, before heading north on 170th Street NW to County Road 13N, which leads back to the junction of Highway 2 and 52.

The patrol will inform the media when the highway is reopened.