2 injured in separate crashes on interstate

Published 10:13 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Wisconsin man was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-car crash on Interstate 35 in Freeborn County.

Sean Patrick Chojnacki, 26, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea with injuries deemed not life-threatening.

A 2006 Freightliner tractor driven by Timothy Dale Bremer, 39, was traveling north on Interstate 35 passing a Chevrolet 1-ton truck driven by Chojnacki when the Chevy merged into its lane and struck the front-right section of the tractor at about 3:15 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Chojnacki and Bremer were wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the report.

A Stillwater man was injured Monday in a crash on a snowy and icy patch of Interstate 35 in Freeborn County.

Magdy Galaby Girgis, 31, was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea with an injury deemed not life-threatening.

Girgis was driving a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia semi north on Interstate 35 when he lost control of the vehicle, jackknifing into the center median before 8 p.m.,10 miles north of the Iowa border. 

Girgis was wearing his seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the report states.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross Ambulance and Albert Lea Fire Department assisted on scene.

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