February 28, 2018 10:25 AM
A fatal crash closed a portion of Highway 36 East in Lake Elmo for hours Tuesday afternoon, the State Patrol reports.
A tweet from the State Patrol's public information office said the crash occurred on Highway 36 at Lake Elmo Avenue North. Highway 36 East was closed at Lake Elmo Avenue North for several hours, though the State Patrol said the road had reopened later Tuesday afternoon.
According to the incident report, a Kenworth Semi and Toyota Scion were both eastbound on Highway 36. The Scion was stopped at a red light when the semi hit it from behind.
Serious injury crash occurred on Hwy 36 East at Lake Elmo Ave N. Hwy 36 EB is closed at Lake Elmo Ave N. Both directions of Lake Elmo Ave and 36WB are open.— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) February 27, 2018
The identity of the deceased individual is expected to be released Wednesday, though the report states he was a 54-year-old Amery, Wisconsin, man.
State Patrol identified the driver of the semi as 28-year-old Samuel Wayne Hicks. Hicks did not suffer any injuries during the crash. Authorities said Hicks is cooperating in the investigation and that alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Authorities plan to review footage from a Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera that is located at the intersection.
Caitlin Pott said she saw the aftermath of the crash on her way into work.
"The car didn't look like a car," she said. "It looked like it had gone through a compact. It wasn't good."
She added, "I can't imagine what is going through the mind of the semi driver, the fact he'll have to live with this the rest of his life."
Frank Rajkowski & Beth McDonough
Updated: February 28, 2018 10:25 AM
Created: February 27, 2018 01:51 PM
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