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Semi Falls Through Ice

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MONTICELLO  (AP) – A semi driver crawled to safety after his rig left the interstate near Monticello and crashed into an icy pond Friday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver was taken to a local hospital, treated and released. Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says the driver was pulling a Target trailer, left eastbound I-94, crossed over lanes of oncoming traffic and skidded onto the pond. Roeske says the semi skidded 100 to 200 yards across the ice before breaking through. A photo from the State Patrol shows about half of the trailer above the icy water.

The State Patrol says the pond is about 7 to 8 feet deep with 6 inches of ice. Roeske says the road was clear at the time of the crash, about 6:30 a.m.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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