UPDATE: Seven injured in six-vehicle crash

Published 6:04 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017

Seven people were injured in a six-vehicle crash Saturday on an icy patch of Interstate 35 near the Blooming Prairie and New Richland exit in an incident that closed a portion of the interstate for a few hours.

Noam Brent Wiggs, 29, of Minneapolis, was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with an injury deemed not life-threatening.

Adam John Flategraff, 24, and Lindsay Jo Lembke, 21, of Albert Lea; Michelle Colleen Ternes, 36, of Urbandale, Iowa; Jeanne Mathilda Bateman, 78, of Bloomington; Kristin Marie Wiggs, 30, of Minneapolis; and Timothy Aaron Youtzy, 25, of Arden Hills, were transported to Owatonna Hospital with injuries deemed not life-threatening.

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All vehicles were heading south in the left lane of I- 35 when a 2010 Peterbuilt Semi driven by Flategraff rear-ended a 2012 Ford Expedition driven by Youtzy, which was stopped due to backed-up traffic at about 9:30 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Expedition reportedly rear-ended a 2017 Chevy Tahoe driven by Ternes..The Tahoe then rear ended a 2008 Toyota Camry driven by Daniel Joseph Silversmith, 53, of St. Paul, before the Camry rear-ended a 2014 Subaru Outback driven by Noam Wiggs, pushing the vehicle into the right lane where it was struck by the semi and crashed into the Forester, the report states.

Lembke was a passenger in the semi. Kristin Wiggs was a passenger in the Outback.

Silversmith was not injured in the crash.

Flategraff and Lembke were not wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the report states.

The closure, which lasted until around 2 p.m., was needed to safely clear the highway of the crashed vehicles and clean up debris. At least three crashes were reported southbound in that stretch of I-35 on Saturday morning.


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