MENOMONIE, Wis. - The search resumes Wednesday morning for a Twin Cities man who is presumed dead after the semi-trailer truck he was riding in left I-94 and plunged into a river near Menomonie, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin State Patrol has identified the two men in the truck as 25-year-old driver Batrodin Siyad and 26-year-old Mohammed Malin, both of Minneapolis. Siyad's body was pulled from the Red Cedar River late Tuesday morning. Malin's body has not yet been recovered.
Investigators say the two men were headed westbound on I-94 just before 4 a.m. when they lost control of the semi, skidded across the median and plunged off a bridge. All westbound lanes of I-94 near the State Highway 25 exit were closed for more than six hours while crews searched for the victims and removed the truck from the river.
It appears that the powerful storm system that rolled in Monday night played a role in the fatal crash.
Recovery crews will resume the search for Mohammed Wednesday morning. Motorists should be aware that lanes may be restricted in the area to carry out the search operations.
The semi the men were driving is registered to Dashman's Transport LLC of Lansing, Michigan.
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