October 10, 2017 05:30 PM
The Minnesota State Patrol says a St. Paul EMT was killed when the ambulance she was in struck the back of a semitrailer that had stalled with mechanical issues along a north metro freeway.
The crash occurred about 7:03 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 694/Interstate 94 near the north metro interchange at Shingle Creek Parkway.
The crash involved a Swift semi and a HealthEast ambulance, and prompted a significant emergency vehicle response.
The state patrol said at a news conference the semi had stalled along the side of the freeway with mechanical issues and had been stopped for about 15 minutes before it was struck by an ambulance that had come from Monticello. The ambulance was empty of patients.
The ambulance had attempted to merge onto I-94 and struck the back of the semi. The passenger in the ambulance, a 24-year-old St. Paul woman whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene. The driver, a 27-year-old woman, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center.
The semi driver, a 44-year-old woman from Temple, Georgia, was uninjured and cooperating with investigators.
Eastbound traffic was backed up for hours Monday evening, though westbound traffic was moving normally.
The state transportation department said the eastbound I-694 lanes in the area were closed for a period Monday night as all traffic was diverted to the I-94 lanes.
Traffic headed that direction could rejoin I-694 eastbound by taking the left exit past the crash scene and following signs for Minnesota Highway 252 and East River Road.
-This story has been corrected to show the victim of the fatal crash was an EMT, and not a paramedic as authorities initially reported.
Brett Hoffland and Michael Oakes
Updated: October 10, 2017 05:30 PM
Created: October 09, 2017 07:59 PM
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