Semi-trailer sinks in icy pond by I-94

By Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio News

semisunk450.jpgPhoto courtesy Minnesota State Patrol

A semi-trailer headed eastbound on Interstate 94 drove off the road onto a pond near Monticello this morning, then broke through the thin ice and sank.

State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske said that the driver, 35-year-old John Nettifee, of Anoka, escaped with minor injuries after crossing the interstate median and driving through a break in oncoming traffic.

The accident happened just after 6 a.m. this morning, on the western end of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s test facility on I-94.

Roeske said arrangements are under way to get the truck winched out of the water.

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  • Chuck

    January in Minnesota? Should be 2+ feet thick.

    Can’t be Global Warming, cause we all know that ain’t happening.

  • John P II

    “DRIVING through a break in oncoming traffic” – are you suggesting Nettifee was in control of his large truck?

  • Sue

    Chuck – do you actually live in Minnesota? If you did, you’d know that we have had a warm spell the past few weeks.

  • Jen

    Sue – I think you missed his point.