Duluth woman killed as semi rolls onto car in Proctor
Authorities have released the name of the Duluth woman killed Sunday when a semi-truck overturned onto her car. Penny N. Marlow, 58, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when her 2006 Kia Rio was crushed by the semi in downtown Proctor. The semi,...
Authorities have released the name of the Duluth woman killed Sunday when a semi-truck overturned onto her car.
Penny N. Marlow, 58, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when her 2006 Kia Rio was crushed by the semi in downtown Proctor.
The semi, driven by Bryan C. Johnson of Duluth, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 2 about 2 p.m. when the semi turned onto its side, apparently while attempting to turn onto Second Street East, according to Minnesota State Patrol and witness accounts.
Joe Michelizzi, an employee at the nearby Amoco station, saw the semi-truck coming, then heard tires squealing and saw the side of the semi rear up in the air as it flipped onto its side at the intersection.
"It looks like he was trying to take a left-hand turn onto Second Street," he said.
Johnson suffered minor injuries, the state patrol said. The semi, described as a 1986 International 9370, was carrying a load of coal in its uncovered trailer.
As is standard in accidents like this, the Minnesota State Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section is inspecting the semi and investigating the accident. State Patrol Sgt. Mark Baker said it's too early to tell how long the investigation would take.
"To see a semi flip over in a metropolitan area like that with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour, there has to have been some sort of evasive action or something that happened to make the load shift like that," Baker said.
Road conditions on the undivided roadway were wet at the time of the rollover, according to the state patrol.
Baker said that if any citations are issued they would not be until after the investigation is completed.
Law enforcement agencies from Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor and St. Louis County assisted the state patrol in responding to the crash.