Authorities responded to a crash that occurred around noon Tuesday on the southbound lane of U.S. Interstate 35 in Scanlon and searched the St. Louis River.
According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, the crash has killed one passenger, Barbara Jean Kimber, 78, of Carlton. No information about the status of the 80-year-old driver of the vehicle, from Carlton, has been released as of Tuesday evening.
According to the MSP report, the Ford Explorer was traveling south on I-35 near mile 239 when the vehicle left the highway and submerged into the St. Louis River.
A search-and-rescue team member was seen in the river by News Tribune journalists at the scene, as was a float bag tied to a rope. Another search-and-rescue team member was preparing to operate a submarine-type search tool.
A southbound lane of I-35 was closed at mile marker 239 at 1:15 p.m., according to the Cloquet Police Department. Earlier, a northbound lane was closed.
Another fatal accident occurred near this location in 2017 when a semi-trailer truck slid off I-35 and into the St. Louis River. That accident occurred during the first winter storm of the season.
This story was updated with further information from the Minnesota State Patrol at 7:34 p.m., Aug. 8. It was first published at 1:37 p.m., Aug. 8.