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Minn. patrol identifies ambulance crew member killed in semi collision on interstate

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — An ambulance collided with a stalled semi on Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center on Monday night, Oct. 9, killing a member of the ambulance’s crew.

The semi had broken down in the eastbound lanes of I-694 about 6:45 p.m. and was awaiting a tow truck in the triangular median where Interstate 94 splits off of I-694, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman.

The ambulance, also traveling east, approached the split about 15 minutes later and struck the back of the semi when its driver attempted to merge across the median onto I-94, Nielson said. The ambulance’s lights and sirens were not activated, and it was not carrying a patient.

The crew member riding in the front passenger seat of the ambulance was killed. She was identified by the State Patrol Tuesday as Marina Gayledeste Challeen, 24, of St. Paul.

The driver of the ambulance, Susanna Grace Kelly, 27, was transported to North Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening, Nielson said. The semi driver was not injured.