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MONTICELLO, MN – A semi truck operated by the Target store chain ran off the road and plunged into an icy pond in Monticello, MN on January 6, 2012.

Target store semi truck plunges into an icy pond and sinks in 7 feet of freezing water after going off the road on I-94 in Monticello, MN on January 6, 2012.

Monticello is located in Wright County, Minnesota in the central part of the state about 49 miles northwest of Saint Paul, 38 miles northwest of Minneapolis and 28 miles southeast of St. Cloud.

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The accident occurred on I-94 about 4 miles west of Albertville, MN at mile marker 197. The 18 wheeler was traveling eastbound on I-94 when it moved across the westbound traffic lanes and then off the road and into a pond that was frozen over by the roadside.

Map showing loaction of semi truck accident where a Target store big rig rolled into an icy pond off I-94 in Monticello, MN about 4 miles outside of Albertville.

The big rig driver, John Netiffee, 35 years old from Anoka, MN, managed to escape from the cab and make it to safety. The big rig’s tractor was sitting in freezing water about 7 feet deep.

Netiffee was taken to New River Medical Center in Monticello and then was treated and released. There are no other details available as to his condition or the extent of his injuries.

An article in the St. Michael Patch website reported on the story:

Target employees at the Rogers store did not know if the truck was headed to their location, or even if it was hauling freight at the time. It could have been making its way back from a delivery. Target Corporate in Minneapolis also has yet to identify the truck’s route for Friday morning or where it was in its delivery schedule.

The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Investigators do not know why the truck left the road, but the accident is currently under investigation.


Truck Accident Lawyer News is a truck accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date truck accident and truck legal news from across the United States. Minnesota cities with a high incidence of truck accidents and vehicle collisions that result in severe personal injuries and even death include Minneapolis, St Paul, and St Cloud, to name a few.

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