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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.
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 Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

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.

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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.

Follow Amy Chaffins on Twitter at @TheOsakisReview.

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