Why this Minnesota driver was stopped while moving a 36-foot-wide shed

You can't just plop it on a truck and go.

This is Minnesota – almost all of us have driven by a truck while it's slowly lumbering down a two-lane highway, half a wind turbine (or enormous hunk of hay) being pulled on its trailer, with those "Oversize Load" flags poking out from the side.

Yeah, you can't just do that on a whim. You need a special permit, and sometimes even an escort or route approval from MnDOT if it's big enough.

This driver up in northwest Minnesota ... they didn't follow the rules.

The truck pictured above was hauling a shed on Cedar Avenue, just west of Thief River Falls, the State Patrol says.

That shed was a whopping 36 feet wide – you can see it jutting well off the road, yet still managing to stretch into the other lane.

According to the State Patrol, a Pennington County sheriff's deputy stopped the truck on Nov. 16, then asked for a state trooper to come over and help navigate commercial vehicle laws.

The driver didn't have a permit, nor did they have an escort vehicle. They were cited by the trooper.

What are the rules?

Anything wider than 8 feet, 6 inches needs a special permit. (There are restrictions on height and length as well.)

Any overside loads over 9 feet wide requires those flags – red or orange, 18 inches square, and in good condition.

If something's more than 20 feet wide, it needs route pre-approval from MnDOT.

As for an escort driver: if the vehicle encroaches on the incoming traffic lane, or can't yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, then a certified driver has to serve as an escort.

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