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Published September 27, 2012, 05:44 PM

A reminder to slow down and be more aware during harvest season

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- During the coming days, traffic on our local roads and highways will be dramatically busier as the beet harvest kicks into full gear.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- During the coming days, traffic on our local roads and highways will be dramatically busier as the beet harvest kicks into full gear.

An accident involving a beet truck and a small Volkswagen near Glyndon today is another reminder, to slow down, and be more aware on area roads

during harvest.

Fortunately no one was injured, after a car rolled trying to avoid a beet truck. It came at rush hour morning traffic. But it comes as trucks will soon be rolling. Many trucks.

At the height of the harvest? 35-thousand truckloads of beets in a 24-hour period in Crystal Sugar's system.

Shannon Byro was trying to get to work, but on a packed highway ten today, she soon found herself,buckled inside her overturned car.

Shannon Byro: "I am still shaking."

Witnesses say as a beet truck merged on to ten, congested traffic and speed contributed to the wreck.

In the coming days, hundreds of additional beet trucks will be on state and county roads, as the full harvest gets underway. Authorities say that means playing nice with each other, no texting, speeding or road rage.

Shannon Byro: "They should be cautious when they pull out these cars are going 65 and they are coming in going 0.THey should not pull in."

Mark Herbranson/Minnesota State Trooper: "The beet trucks are heavy they accelerate and decellerate a lot slower and they cannot move like a car can and if you challenge one you are going to lose."

One surprising tid-bit. Sugar Beet Truck Drivers do not need a CDL, as long as they are working for an independent farmer. The state patrol does meet with Crystal Sugar beet producers prior to the harvest to go over truck and road safety information.

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