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Semi bursts into flames on I-35 northbound near Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA – An NIT reader described an accident early this afternoon that happened near Albert Lea.

Photo submitted by NIT reader at the scene in Albert Lea where a truck burst into flames Wednesday afternoon.

“A semi-truck with trailer in the northbound lane at about 1:30 PM had a blow out or some type of problem with a wheel and lost control of his rig,” the man said today at 2:30 PM.

The accident took place on Intersate 35 and Minnesota Highway 46 interchange, near the large truck stop in Albert Lea.

“The truck hit a guard rail and he managed to get past the bridge. There was a big ball of fire and the flames spread pretty quickly.”

No further details, nor the condition of the truck driver, were available.


In this photo, taken by an NIT reader at the scene of a truck accident near Albert Lea that happened on Wednesday afternoon at about 1:30 PM, facing west, a burned/charred area of grass just off the I-35 northbound lane is visible as firefighters are on the scene. (CLICK PHOTO FOR LARGER VIEW.)
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