Slushy roads cause semi tractor-trailer accident in Audubon County


March 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a semi tractor-trailer went out of control and crashed Tuesday afternoon, just north of Audubon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, 24-year old Justin Michael Steffen, of Albert Lea, MN, was driving a 2003 Peterbilt semi pulling an empty livestock trailer. When Steffen lost control of the rig on a slush covered Highway 71, the semi went into the east ditch, hit a small tree and continued across a small stream before coming to rest against the north bank of the creek. Neither Steffen nor his passenger, Clinton Helget, of Comfrey, MN, were injured. Damage to the semi was estimated at $60,000. No citations were issued.  Officers with the Audubon Police Department assisted at the accident scene.