Truck splits in front of Weisman

The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

University of Minnesota police officers block off the area surrounding a crumpled semi-trailer in front of the Weisman Art Museum on Monday.

Anthony Kwan

University of Minnesota police officers block off the area surrounding a crumpled semi-trailer in front of the Weisman Art Museum on Monday.

Evelina Smirnitskaya

A semitrailer split in half Monday after the driver failed to make the turn off Washington Avenue onto Pleasant Avenue Southeast in front of the Weisman Art Museum. The driver was not injured, and no University of Minnesota property was harmed.

One of the truckâÄôs trailer wheels went up on the cement barrier along the curve, cutting the truck in half, University of Minnesota police Lt. Troy Buhta said.

Paul Cameron was studying with a friend at the Cube in Coffman Union when he said people stood up and rushed to the window facing the Weisman.

“IâÄôve never seen anything like it,” Cameron said. “It was crazy.”

He said he only noticed the accident due to the commotion, but some student witnesses said they heard a “loud boom.”

A few minutes after the accident, students stopped to take pictures and survey the crash. Police cars parked near the accident created a minor traffic jam on eastbound Washington Avenue.

The back of the tractor-trailer was suspended at an angle. Cameron said he noticed the angle increased since the time of the crash.

The truck was carrying grain, which spilled onto the road. Dubbels Trucking, the company that owns the semitrailer, will be responsible for cleanup and removal of the truck, Buhta said.

The company is sending a truck with a pump from St. Cloud to suck up the grain, he said.