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.

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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.

Crews work at the scene of a crash on Interstate 35 near Cloquet on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. 
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Crews work at the scene of a crash on Interstate 35 near Cloquet on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Mary Beamish / Duluth News Tribune


An emergency worker in the St. Louis River talks to another on shore at the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Scanlon on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. The line floating on the water led to a marker farther out in the river. 
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An emergency worker in the St. Louis River talks to another on shore at the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Scanlon on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. The line floating on the water led to a marker farther out in the river. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

A search-and-rescue worker prepares to deploy an underwater remotely operated vehicle equipped with a video camera at the scene of the Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, crash. 
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune
A search-and-rescue worker prepares to deploy an underwater remotely operated vehicle equipped with a video camera at the scene of the Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, crash. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

Two emergency workers move an inflated boat below the I-35 bridge carrying southbound traffic in Scanlon on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. A rope and floating marker are visible in the background. 
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Two emergency workers move an inflated boat below the I-35 bridge carrying southbound traffic in Scanlon on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. A rope and floating marker are visible in the background. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News TRibune

Traffic backs up in the one open northbound lane of I-35 at the scene of a Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, crash. 
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Traffic backs up in the one open northbound lane of I-35 at the scene of a Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, crash. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune