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Two rollover accidents on same site injure two

Two successive rollover crashes Sunday on the same spot of Interstate 35 in Carlton County left two people in serious condition.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1999 Dodge Ram driven by Kathleen Haapala of White Bear Lake, Minn., was headed northbound on I-35 at 9:36 a.m. Sunday morning when it hit ice and rolled over into the median near the Highway 210 exit.

Bystanders had stopped to assist Haapala and her passenger, 4-year-old Cameron Morney of Hugo, Minn., when another pickup truck, a Dodge Dakota driven by Lawrence Sommer of Cottage Grove, Minn., rolled over in the same spot, hitting two people in the area of the first rollover, according to the State patrol website.

Bystander Adam Roen, 32, of Eveleth was still listed in serious condition Monday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Roen was injured after stopping to offer assistance at the scene of the rollover.

Moroney sustained serious injuries during the initial rollover that drew Roen’s attention but was listed in fair condition Monday morning at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. The freeway was icy at the time of the crashes, the Patrol said.