Woman injured when minivan, semi collide on I-35

Published 8:11 am Saturday, February 24, 2024

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An Albert Lea woman was injured Friday after a minivan and semi collided on Interstate 35 near Medford.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2012 Volkswagen Routan, driven by Felipe Julian Carrizales, 29, of Albert Lea, and a 1998 Volvo semi, driven by Eric Jerome Cook, 65, of Mansfield, Missouri, were southbound on I-35 near milepost 47 at 8:46 p.m. when the minivan and semi collided and the Volkswagen caught fire.

Carrizales and Cook were not injured, but a passenger in the Volkswagen, Amy Marie Gomez, 33, of Albert Lea, was taken to the Owatonna Hospital for injuries deemed not life threatening.

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The State Patrol report indicates all of the occupants were wearing their seat belts and alcohol was not a factor.

Mayo Ambulance, Steele County Sheriff’s Office and Medford Fire Department assisted at the scene.