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I-94 crash closes lane, causes chemical leak

The westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at Highway 114 near Alexandria were closed for several hours Monday because of a crash that happened at about 1:30 p.m.

The rear-end collision involved three vehicles, including a truck that was reportedly transporting hydrochloric acid. Because acid was leaking, hazardous material crews were called to the scene.

All the vehicles were westbound on I-94 in the right lane near the Garfield exit when one vehicle clipped the rear of another vehicle, which then collided with a third vehicle.

Two of the vehicles belonged to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The drivers were Marvin Werkman of Palos Heights, Illinois, Jeremiah Rudolph of Detroit Lakes and Bill Buhr of Barnesville. A passenger, Richard Olson of Barnesville, was also listed in the State Patrol accident report.

At least three people were transported to the hospital but the injuries were not serious, according to the State Patrol.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Ambulance and the Garfield Fire Department assisted at the scene.