An Interstate 94 crash Tuesday, Oct. 2, involving a semi-truck and trailer and a pickup truck also hauling a trailer has left one person dead and a fellow construction worker injured and in the hospital.
The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday as road crews were doing work on bridges along the interstate. A crew examining the overpass at County Road 81 was struck by a Ford F-150 and a trailer after that pickup was rear-ended by the Kenworth semi, spinning the pickup out of control.
Workers Vernon Carl Hedquist and Thomas John Wood, who were not in a vehicle, were struck by the pickup and trailer, driven by 47-year-old Oscar Rene Siguencia-Orbe of St. Paul Park. Hedquist died at the scene due to his injuries. Wood was transported to Maple Grove Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities believe Tate Ryan Doom, 30, of Minneapolis, failed to stop his semi truck in time, striking Siguencia-Orbe’s trailer. Another vehicle was involved in the crash, but no injuries were reported to any of the drivers involved.
Interstate 94 eastbound was limited to one late of eastbound traffic for about three and a half hours while investigators reconstructed the crash. No charges have been filed in the incident at this time.
*Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the proper date of the accident. Sorry for the error and any confusion.