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Alexandria firefighters doused a stubborn fire, fed by leaking diesel fuel, at the scene of Tuesday's crash. Photo by Al Edenloff.

Semis crash and explode on Highway 29

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Alexandria firefighters battled a fiery crash on Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 overpass Tuesday around 7 a.m.

There were no reports of injuries.


According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), John Worlie, 59, of Cambridge, was driving a 1995 International semi truck southbound on Highway 29 when he jackknifed his truck to avoid crashing with a vehicle in front of him. At that point, a 1996 Freightliner semi truck driven by Fred Lambert, 47, of Pine River rear-ended Worlie's truck.

Both vehicles ended up in the west ditch and Worlie's truck burst into flames, according to MSP.

The collision sent flames and a thick cloud of black smoke into the air. There were several calls to 911 reporting an explosion.

The crash happened just after 7 a.m.

The Alexandria Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Ambulance and Minnesota Department of Transportation assisted at the crash scene.

Slick roads Tuesday morning

Roads were frost-covered and unexpectedly slick on Tuesday morning. About a dozen rollovers and accidents were reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

None of the crashes caused serious injuries.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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