Foreston, MN, man has been charged in an incident in which a seven-mile
stretch of Interstate 29 was shut down Sept. 11.
incident began when a trucker whose rig was carrying explosives
allegedly threatened to detonate his load after he was delayed
at a weigh station near the Missouri River town of Sioux City,
IA, local media outlets reported.
the threat was made, officials checked the trucker’s paperwork
and discovered he was carrying some type of explosives, according
to The Associated Press. That’s when officials, as a precaution,
shut down seven miles of I-29 in both directions.
Artemenko, 34, of Foreston, has been charged with making a false
report in the incident, the news service reported. The charge
is a felony.
County Sheriff David Amick told KCCI TV that the threat
was "not a wise move," considering it was made on the
second anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Media outlets
said the trucker later said he was just “kidding.”
Rob Hansen of the Iowa State Patrol told The AP DOT officials
took the driver into custody.
KCCI said officials from the Iowa State Fire Marshal's office were
headed to the location to investigate the truck and its contents.
Meanwhile, as a precaution, homes near the weigh station were
City sits along the Missouri River close to where the states of
Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota come together. I-29 is one of
the main routes from Kansas City, MO, and Lincoln and Omaha, NE,
north into South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. The road
also connects several east-west routes, such as I-70, I-80 and