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Two injured Sunday in car-semi rig collision on I-94

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A flat tire was the apparent cause of a collision between a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a semi-rig on Interstate 94 Sunday afternoon, according to an official with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. when the eastbound PT Cruiser was moving slowly in the right lane near the Hudson weigh station. The State Patrol official said the semi came up on the car quickly and that's when the tire went flat on the PT Cruiser.

The semi hit the side of the car sending it into the ditch on the right side of the road.

The semi was towing a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber and was owned and driven by Andrew Kostive, 38, Brandon, Manitoba. It went into a grove of pine trees in the median, taking out about 100 feet of fence.

Emergency responders from Roberts, Hudson and River Falls were called to the scene. Firefighters from the Roberts Fire and Rescue had to extricate the driver of the vehicle, William Klavetter, 58, Redwood Falls, Minn.

Both he and his wife Arlys, 63, a passenger in the vehicle, were taken to Hudson Hospital, but later transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. On Monday Morning a hospital spokesman reported both were in fair condition.

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