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Fatal crash closes I-94 in downtown Minneapolis, Minn.

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West Central Tribune
Fatal crash closes I-94 in downtown Minneapolis, Minn.
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities are cleaning up the site of a fatal accident inside an Interstate 94 tunnel through downtown Minneapolis, but the westbound side of the tunnel has reopened.

A semi hauling used auto parts overturned inside the Lowry Hill tunnel just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The State Patrol says the truck was heading west on I-94 when it struck a light pole and rolled, spilling debris into the eastbound lanes and trapping the truck driver underneath his vehicle.

The State Patrol says the driver was a 62-year-old man from Wisconsin. They have not released his name or hometown.

Three vehicles were hit by debris but no other injuries were reported. The accident closed the tunnel in both directions for several hours and backed up traffic for miles around.