Semi runs red light, hits SUV carrying Eagan mother of 2

She suffered a traumatic brain injury and is in critical condition.
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The driver of a vehicle hit by a semi that ran a red light in Eagan on Monday remained unconscious and in critical condition on Tuesday. 

Eagan police identified the woman as 33-year-old Alayna Marie Tanaka of Eagan, a mother of two children, who were not in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. 

A preliminary investigation of the crash shows that the semi was traveling west on Cliff Road when it ran a red light at Pilot Knob Road and struck Tanaka's SUV on its side. The driver of the semi was injured when the rig tipped over, spilling its load onto the road and shutting down the intersection for approximately four hours. 

Tanaka suffered serious injuries that left her in critical condition. According to her CaringBridge page, she sustained a traumatic brain injury in addition to numerous broken bones. She underwent one surgery Monday night and has at least one more to go. 

Tanaka remained unresponsive on Tuesday, the CaringBridge update said. 

"Thankfully her sweet two-year-old and baby were not with her and are safe, but missing their mommy," Tanaka's sister-in-law wrote in a GoFundMe page for the Tanaka family

The fundraiser aims to raise $50,000 to help cover medical expensive and support their family while her husband, Wesley, takes time off from work to care for their children.

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