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Semi driver blamed in three-vehicle crash near Troy Grove

Posted by wlpo on April 6, 2015

A semi fire on Interstate 39 quickly turned into something a lot bigger.

Troy Grove and Mendota firefighters responded to a fire engulfing the cab of a semi right around 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon north of Troy Grove. Minutes later, troopers say Darrell Rustad of Wisconsin didn’t slow down near the fire scene and hit the vehicles of Angela Janes of Earlville and Kerry Johnston of Minnesota from behind. Janes was taken to Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota where she was released.

Rustad was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Southbound Interstate 39 north of Mendota was down to one lane of traffic for over three hours.

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