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UPDATE: Second body recovered from Red Cedar River

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Dunn County (WQOW) - The medical examiner has confirmed to WQOW News 18 that a second body has been pulled from the water after Tuesday's semi crash in Dunn County.  We'll post more information as it becomes available.

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Dunn County (WQOW) - The names of the two men who crashed into the Red Cedar River Tuesday have been released. The driver has been identified as Batrodin A. Siyad, 25 of Minneapolis, and his passenger, Mohammed O. Malin, 26 of Minneapolis.

The search will continue Wednesday for Malin. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol recovery crews will be working at the site Wednesday. Lanes may be temporarily restricted to assist the recovery. Motorists should use caution when driving through the area of I-94 near Menomonie.

The two drove for Dashman's Transport of Lansing, MI.

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Dunn County (WQOW) - A river search in Dunn County has been suspended for the night.

A man has been missing since the semi he was in plunged into the Red Cedar River.  Another man has died.

It happened early Tuesday morning on I-94 near Menomonie.  A semi was going west when it went into the median, and then down the embankment into the water.  Emergency crews recovered one man's body, believed to be the driver.  They searched all day for another man, who was also in the semi.  Their names have not been released, but investigators believe they worked for the same trucking company out of Lansing, Michigan and were team drivers.  The state patrol says at this point, it doesn't have enough details to determine what caused the crash.

"When you see these things, the first thing you think as an indication is weather.  You know because roads had about an inch of snow on them and the roads were becoming slippery at the time.  We don't have any other vehicles involved at this time.  There were no witnesses or other vehicles," says Lt. Jeff Lorentz, with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Parts of I-94 were shut down for several hours while crews pulled the wreckage from the river.  The semi was hauling a full load of lawn fertilizer.  The search for the missing man will resume Wednesday morning.

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Press Release from the Wisconsin State Patrol: At 3:48 AM on Tuesday March 05, 2013 a crash occurred on I-94 WB at WIS 25 in DUNN County near MENOMONIE.

Assisting agencies included Menomonie PD , Menomonie Fire, Hudson Dive Team,.

The crash involved 2 fatalities.

The details of the crash are as follows:Crews have recovered the semi tractor trailer that had been submerged in the Red Cedar River near Menomonie since 4 a.m.

Emergency crews have also recovered one body, believed to be the driver of the semi. A search was conducted for a second passenger, based on information from the company that the unit was traveling with two people. The truck was based out of Lansing, Mich. No names are being released at this time, nor is the name of the company.

The semi was traveling west on I-94 on snow covered roads. Initial indications are that the semi entered the median prior to the river, traveled through the median and went down the embankment into the river.

The body of the second passenger has not been recovered. The search has been suspended until tomorrow morning.
More information will be provided as it becomes known.

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Dunn Co. (Press Release) - Eastbound lanes of I-94 at Hwy 12 have reopened.

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Dunn Co. (Press Release) - Crews have recovered the semi tractor trailer that had been submerged in the Red Cedar River near Menomonie since 4 a.m.

Emergency crews have also recovered one body, believed to be the driver of the semi. At this time, a search has begun for a second passenger, based on information from the company that the unit was traveling with two people. The truck was based out of Lansing, Mich. No names are being released at this time, nor is the name of the company.

The semi was traveling west on I-94 on snow covered roads. Initial indications are that the semi entered the median prior to the river, traveled through the median and went down the embankment into the river.

Eastbound I-94 should be open within the hour.  Motorists are being directed through Menomonie and back on to the interstate from WIS 12 and County B.

More information will be provided as it becomes known.

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Dunn Co. (WQOW) - Update: Our reporter on scene says the semi being pulled from the river is from Dashman's Transport, which is a trucking company out of Lansing, Michigan.

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Dunn Co. (Press Release) - The Wisconsin State Patrol is currently on the scene of incident involving a semi unit submerged in the Red Cedar River near Menomonie.

Around 4 a.m. a call was received indicating a semi traveling west on I-94 had lost control on snow covered roads and went into the river.

In addition to law enforcement, dive teams and tow trucks are on scene attempting to locate the driver and another person that was in the semi. The semi is from Michigan.

Eastbound I-94 is closed at WIS 25 for recovery of the unit passenger. Motorists are being directed through Menomonie and back on to the interstate from WIS 12 and County B.

More information will be provided as it becomes known.

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Travel Alert Update: EASTBOUND lanes of I-94 are closed at Hwy 25 near Menomonie right now. The State Patrol says a semi went over a bridge into the Red Cedar River. Dive teams have been called in to look for the driver. It's believed weather may have played a factor. We'll be sure to update you as soon as we know more about this incident.

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