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Semi runs off London Road in Duluth, stops short of house

A semitrailer driver told police he might have fallen asleep Monday morning when his rig drove off London Road at 42nd Avenue East and came to rest just 12 feet from a home.

London Road mishap
The truck, owned by Challenger Motor Freight Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario, came to a stop about 4 yards shy of a house on the lower side of London Road on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (Jimmy Bellamy / jbellamy@duluthnews.com)

A semitrailer driver told police he might have fallen asleep Monday morning when his rig drove off London Road at 42nd Avenue East and came to rest just 12 feet from a home.

No one was injured in the 11:30 a.m. accident and the only property damage visible was dislodged ornamental boulders and skid marks on the corner of a lawn. The semi was traveling west toward downtown, crossed over the opposite lane and ended up near homes on the Lake Superior side of the street.

Duluth Police Department spokesman Jim Hansen said the driver was given a citation after his admission. The driver declined to speak with a reporter on the scene.

The semi is owned by Challenger Motor Freight Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario. It came to rest about 4 yards from an ornate Victorian house.

Duluth police and a Minnesota State Patrol officer were on the scene conducting an investigation.

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