Minnesota man dies after colliding with semi trailer

HUDSON — A 22-year old Minnesota man is dead after he struck a semi tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder of westbound  Interstate 94 near Hudson.

Dustin Leonard Kadlec of Woodbury, MN was killed when the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue he was driving suddenly veered onto the shoulder and collided with the rear trailer that was parked on the shoulder near the I-94 westbound mile marker 1.5 in St. Croix County.

Kadlec was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which occurred at 11:07 p.m. on Friday March 6.

The driver of the 2012 International semi tractor-trailer, Benjamin Wayne Johnson, 45, of Spring Lake Park, MN, was not injured in the incident.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol report, Johnson pulled his semi tractor and a fully loaded trailer with carpet tiles off the roadway and onto the shoulder at mile marker 1.5 west bound due to mechanical difficulties, which was reported to be a fuel problem.

There was no HAZMAT exposure due to fuel leaking.

Kadlec driving west bound apparently veered onto the shoulder behind the semi unit, struck a cement barrier barricade-attenuator and subsequently hit the right rear of the trailer.

No enforcement action was taken against Johnson.

Assisting agencies included St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, Hudson Police Department, Hudson Fire Department, and Hudson EMS.