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Bystander and child seriously hurt in I-35 crashes

Three people, including a bystander and a 4-year-old child, were seriously injured Sunday morning when two vehicles rolled over on the same stretch of Interstate 35 in Carlton County.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Kathleen Haapala, 55, of White Bear Lake, Minn., was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup north at about 9:35 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled in the median where state Highway 210 crosses under the freeway.

Haapala suffered no apparent injury, but a 4-year-old passenger in her vehicle, Cameron Moroney, sustained serious injuries, according to the Patrol. The child was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where he remained listed in critical condition Sunday night.

Some people stopped to offer assistance on the scene, when another pickup rolled over in practically the same spot, striking a bystander, Adam Roen, 32, of Eveleth, who was seriously injured, according to the accident report.

The driver of that second vehicle, Lawrence Sommer, 57, of Cottage Grove, Minn., suffered no reported injuries when the 2000 Dodge Dakota he was operating overturned, according to the Patrol.

Both Roen and Sommer were transported to St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth, the accident report said. However, no further information on their conditions was available Sunday evening.

The freeway was icy at the time of the crashes, the Patrol said. Haapala, Moroney and Sommer each were wearing seat belts.