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State Patrol releases details of deadly crash that closed northbound Interstate 35 near North Branch

Part of northbound I-35 was closed for five hours on Friday, Nov. 1.

The Minnesota State Patrol has released limited details about a fatal crash that shut down northbound Interstate 35 near North Branch on Friday morning. 

The interstate was closed near Hwy. 95 from the time of the crash – 5:28 a.m. – until approximately 11 a.m. as crews worked to clean up and investigate the scene. The State Patrol says the deadly collision involved two vehicles, with alcohol detected on the driver that survived. 

Both vehicles, a 2003 Buick Park Avenue and a 2001 Toyota Tundra, were northbound on I-35 when the Tundra rear-ended the Buick at a high rate of speed. The contact forced the Buick off the roadway to the right, where it rolled. 

The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Joffre Michael Kolosky, 63, of Moose Lake, Minnesota. 

The Toyota driver, a 23-year-old man, fled the scene but was located a short time later.  

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