Semis crash and explode on Highway 29
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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