MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The State Patrol says at least one person is dead after a crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 36 in the east metro.
Troopers say the crash happened around 1 p.m. in Oak Park Heights at the intersection of eastbound Highway 36 and Lake Elmo Avenue.
A collision occurred in the east bound lanes of the highway, prompting authorities to close them as they investigated.
Images from the scene show that the crash involved a car and a semi truck.
The car appeared to have sustained significant back-end damage while the truck sustained front-end damage.
The State Patrol says a Kenworth semi-truck and Toyota Scion were both heading eastbound on Highway 36. The Toyota Scion was stopped at a red light when the semi-truck hit it from behind.
The driver of the Toyota Scion was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say he is a 54-year-old man from Amery, Wis. His name has not been released.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 28-year-old male from Independence, Wis., was not injured.
What led up to the crash is under investigation.