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Four Minnesota Residents Hurt in Wreck Blamed on Tandem Truck Axle Laying In Road

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Four Eden Prairie, Minnesota residents were injured when the SUV in which they were traveling hit a tandem wheel axle that had become disconnected earlier from a Pepsi truck.  

Jefferson County Sheriff's Officials say the wheel axle was laying in the center lane of traffic on southbound I-57 and 64 between Veterans Drive and the south split when it was struck by the SUV driven by 39-year-old Miquel Cortes-Rivera.  After impact, the SUV rolled several times before coming to a stop upright in the median of the Interstate.  

Jefferson Rural Firefighters say all four occupants were able to get out on their own.  In addition to the driver, 41-year-old Virginia Pantle, a 7-year-old boy and ten-year-old girl all from Eden Prairie, were all taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for treatment of injuries.  

It is not clear how the tandem wheel axle that would have supported a second trailer being added to the truck came loose.  The wreck occurred at 1:40 Friday morning.  

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