MENOMONIE, Wis. (WCCO/AP) – A second body has been recovered after a semi truck left the road and went into a river near Menonomie, Wis. amid snowy conditions Tuesday morning.
Authorities said that 25-year-old Batrodin Siyad of Minneapolis was driving the truck and headed west on a snow-covered Interstate 94 when the truck slipped off the road, went down an embankment and plunged into the Red Cedar River near Menomonie.
The body of the truck’s co-driver, 26-year-old Mohammed Malin, wasn’t found until Wednesday. The State Patrol says that Siyad was wearing a seat belt, but Malin was not.
The crash happened at about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.
“We don’t know why it occurred, if it was slippery roads, if the driver was tired, if there was evasive action taken because we have no witnesses to the event,” Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Jeff Lorentz said.
The two were best friends, their families say, and wanted to own and operate their own trucks within the year.
“We are the newest immigrants arriving in the transportation industry,” said cousin Gandi Mohammed.
Siyad had graduated from Edina High School, while Malin had started his own family. Malin leaves behind two sons and a pregnant wife.
“He loves his wife and kids,” said Malin’s wife’s sister. “It really hurts the family, but we’re glad he’s been found.”
Malin will be buried Thursday afternoon. Siyad’s service has been completed.
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