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Published May 13, 2011, 01:27 PM

Semi Crash Closes Part of I-94 in Western MN; Two Drivers Injured

Two semis collided and a third crossed the median of I-94 and rolled over to avoid the crash Friday morning near Evansville. Two semi drivers reported non-serious injuries and were transported to area hospitals. Traffic piled up on I-94 after both east and westbound traffic lanes were blocked and closed for hours.

By: Forum Communications Report,

At about 5 a.m. Friday morning a semi-truck tractor and trailer traveling westbound on I-94 near Evansville rear ended another semi and jackknifed. Both east and westbound lanes of I-94 were blocked when another semi traveling westbound crossed the median and rolled trying to avoid the crash scene, according to Minnesota State Patrol.

The driver of the jackknifed semi was taken to Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. The driver in the rollover blocking eastbound I-94 traffic, Steven Thordarson, 59, of Casselton, North Dakota, was taken to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. Both victims' injuries were reported to be non-serious. The driver of the semi that was rear ended continued to the Ashby exit.

To avoid the crash, a westbound charter bus drove into a north ditch. No injuries were reported from any bus occupants. The bus was undamaged and only required a tow truck removal, according to Minnesota State Patrol.

Another eastbound vehicle landed in the ditch after it attempted to go around the rollover site.

Westbound I-94 traffic reopened about 7:30 a.m. and eastbound traffic reopened around 10:30 a.m., according to Minnesota State Patrol. Minnesota State Troopers, Evansville firefighters and Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. State Patrol continues its investigation.

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