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State patrol vehicle broadsided by car; trooper injured

A Minnesota State Patrol squad car was broadsided by a car early Saturday morning on Interstate 35 near Cloquet. Trooper Erick Sjodin (pictured) and the other driver were hospitalized. (File)1 / 2
This Minnesota State Patrol squad car was totaled after it was hit by another vehicle on Interstate 35. (Adam Jagunich / Fox 21 News)2 / 2

A Minnesota State Patrol squad car was broadsided by a car early Saturday morning on Interstate 35 near Cloquet. The trooper and the other driver were hospitalized.

Trooper Erick Sjodin was parked in a median at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, waiting for a northbound vehicle for which there had been a drunken driving complaint, the state patrol said.

According to the patrol, a 1998 Subaru Legacy crossed into the median and broadsided the squad car, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, on the passenger side. The accident occurred between the Scanlon and Cloquet exits.

Sjodin was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including bruises and cuts, Sgt. Mark Baker said.

The driver of the Subaru, a 61-year-old Moose Lake man, was in critical condition at St. Mary's. Baker did not have information about his injuries. His name had not been released Saturday evening.

Both cars were totaled. Baker said there was no word yet on the speed the Subaru was traveling at the time of the collision. He said an accident reconstruction team would be investigating the crash.

Baker said officials did not have a license plate for the possible drunken driver, so they are not certain if the driver who hit Sjodin was the same person.

"We suspect it probably was, but we don't know for sure," he said.

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