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Eagan police officer hospitalized after multi-vehicle pileup on I-35E

According to Eagan police and the state patrol, officer Kade Eggum was responding to an emergency with lights activated when he collided with a semi.

EAGAN, Minn. — An Eagan police officer is hospitalized in critical but stable condition following a multi-vehicle crash that snarled morning rush hour traffic on Interstate 35E Tuesday. 

Eagan police and the Minnesota State Patrol say 22-year-old officer Kade Eggum was responding to an emergency around 5:10 a.m., merging onto northbound I-35E with the lights on his squad activated when the incident occurred. State Patrol investigators say Eggum was traveling in the right lane, then attempted to make a left turn by crossing via a cutout in the median at Yankee Doodle Road when he collided with a semi. 

At that point, troopers say, the police cruiser made impact with a third vehicle on its passenger side, eventually coming to rest in the center median. 

Eggum was transported to Regions Hospital with what the state patrol listed as "life-threatening" injuries. Police say the first-year officer is listed in critical but stable condition.

Earlier Tuesday morning Eagan police spokesman Rich Evans confirmed that one of the department's officers was involved in a "serious crash" and was taken to Regions. At that point he offered no further details. 

The drivers of the semi and the other passenger vehicle were unhurt. 

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An Eagan police squad car was one of at least three vehicles involved in a multi-vehicle incident on I-35E near Pilot Knob Road in Eagan.

At one point around 6:45 a.m., all northbound lanes were shut down to remove the vehicles, but by 7:15 a.m. at least one lane had reopened and traffic was crawling by. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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