Backup from fatal crash in Stearns County leads to another bad crash

The crash backed up traffic, which led to another crash in which two people were injured.
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A 59-year-old truck driver from North Dakota was killed in a Stearns County crash Wednesday morning. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Brian Lemley of Sibley, North Dakota, was driving a tractor-trailer westbound on Interstate 94 when it veered off the road, crossing the median and entering the eastbound lanes of traffic. 

The semi-truck hit a Sterling Straight truck and a Ford Flex. The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old from New Munich, Minnesota, and the Ford Flex driver, a 44-year-old from Sauk Centre, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash, which happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday near Albany Township, caused traffic to back up on Interstate 94, which led to another crash. 

In that crash, a Stright Truck was traveling eastbound on I-94 at 9:17 a.m. and was slowing to stop due to the backup from the earlier crash when it was rear-ended by an SUV near Oak Township, the State Patrol report says

The driver of the SUV, a 38-year-old woman from Freeport, Minnesota, suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old man from Burnsville, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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