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IGH driver hurt when semi's collide along I-94

An Inver Grove Heights, Minn., man was seriously injured early Wednesday when the semi he was driving left I-94 and struck a disabled semi-rig which was parked along the eastbound freeway lanes.

Jason B. Joerjan, 23, was transported to Luther Hospital with injuries described by the Wisconsin State Patrol as "life threatening". The driver of the second truck, Patrick F. McCarty, 58, of Roseville, was also transported to Luther but his injuries were apparently less serious.

The Patrol said the crash occurred at 12:50 a.m. when Joerjan's rig left the travel lane and struck the other semi, parked on the shoulder near Mile Marker 96.

The crash closed both eastbound lanes for a time.

Deputies from Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties assisted at the scene, along with police officers from the nearby City of Osseo.