Rollover backs up I-35 traffic

FREEBORN COUNTY, Minn. — A Brooklyn Center man is in the hospital after an early morning accident in southern Minnesota.

It happened about 2 miles north of the Iowa-Minnesota border.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the man was driving south bound when the vehicle lost control on the icy road conditions, hit the guard rail and rolled over.

The south bound lanes of Interstate 35 had to be closed for clean-up. That backed up traffic for about two miles.

“He was the only occupant of the vehicle, he was belted in, no signs of alcohol. We would say speed was probably a factor in this, going a little bit too fast for the existing road conditions,” said Sgt. Tim Freden of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The man was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea before being immediately airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He is listed in serious condition.

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