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A freight driver was killed on northbound Interstate-35 near the Minnesota-Iowa border on Friday afternoon after the semi-tractor trailer he was driving collided with a guard rail and started on fire. 

The crash happened around 3 p.m. south of Albert Lea in near mile marker three in Freeborn County, prompting a highway closure and a significant slowdown of traffic that lasted several hours. 

The Minnesota State Patrol said a 64-year-old man from Spirit Lake, Iowa died in the crash. His name has not yet been released. 

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