Victim ID'd in fatal Highway 55 crash

7:00 AM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A 64-year-old Le Sueur man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash in Golden Valley on Friday morning.

The crash occurred at Highway 55 at General Mills Boulevard and Boone Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.

Witnesses and the State Patrol say the semi, driven by Joseph W. Johnson, was headed west on Highway 55 when a woman in another vehicle turned on a red light right in front of him.

"Preliminary reports indicate it is just a simple matter of someone turning when they should not have," said Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol.

The semi driver, who was driving at highway speed, struck the woman and careened into a vacant lot, wrecking the truck and causing the cab to burst into flames. The driver was trapped inside, and the Minnesota State Patrol confirms he did not survive.

The driver of the minivan who turned in front of him survived the crash. She was taken to North Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The crash scene is directly in front of KARE 11 Studios. Traffic on Highway 55 was restored at mid-afternoon with a four-way stop; however, traffic was significantly slowed during the evening rush hour.

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