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UPDATED: Fatality in Semi, Car Collision on Interstate 35

A 2000 Mazda Protege was traveling southbound when it came through the crossover and collided with a 2013 International semitrailer, according to the State Patrol.

UPDATED: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

One person has died in a fatal car wreck in southern Rice County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A 2000 Mazda Protege was traveling southbound Tuesday afternoon when it came through the crossover and collided with a 2013 International semitrailer just north of Medford, according to the State Patrol.

Authorities aren't releasing the name of the woman who was driving the car, who is a 24-year-old South St. Paul resident. She is listed in critical condition and has been brought to North Memorial Hospital. She was wearing her seat belt.

The State Patrol is reporting that Jeremy J. Monette, 41, of Big Lake, was a passenger in the Protege and died at the scene. He was wearing his seat belt. (Editor's note: The State Patrol originally reported that Monette was driving the semitrailer).

Irman Ali, 47, of Hoffman Estates, IL, was the driver of the semitrailer, according to MSP. He was not injured in the collision.

The cause of the wreck is unknown at this time.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reopened the left southbound lane on I-35 around 3:45 p.m. after being closed for about two hours.

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Edward M Monette October 03, 2012 at 09:04 AM
My son Jeremy was a good man and loved by all his family. May he rest in peace. I love you JJ.
Corey Butler Jr. October 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, Edward.
Janice C. Barber October 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Yes, Jeremy was a good man.. I am his aunt Jan...He has overcome so many tragedies in his life..His mom Toni Talarico was murdered when he was a very young child.. Jeremy will be sorely missed by so many friends and family..He was so sweet and gentle, I loved him so much and I just can't stop crying right now...He recently told us his next trip would be to come see Bill and I in Florida...Good Lord above take good care of him, OK?
Edward M Monette October 04, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Jeremy John Monettes mothers name is Toni Lana Monette.
Brittany Shepard October 05, 2012 at 07:38 AM
RIP JEREMY. You were such a blast to be around. Please watch over Liki during her recovery.
racquel monette October 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
He was my father and grandfather to my son he was an amazing man, and we miss him dearly. it shows you life is to short, never hold back be who you want and who you are do good in the world. i love you dad i cant wait until we meet again i will for ever keep you in my heart you were my hero, i love you.
racquel monette October 05, 2012 at 09:52 PM
also donations would be greatly appreciated we have along way to go to cover expenses you can deposit at any wellsfargo just say its for the jeremy john monette memorial trust. thank you to all who can help us reach our goal.
Poese Vatikani October 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Rest in Peace n you're in Heaven my prayer going out to your family n to the brother Paul the ocean separate us but the love of God unite us. Our prayer from Hawaii comes to you n may the peace of God heal the wound within you guys love and Aloha from Poese n Doris Vatikani

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