Name of driver who crashed onto I-35W is released

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2008 - 4:51 PM

A driver who died after a crashing a car through construction barricades and plunging onto a closed section of Interstate 35W in south Minneapolis has been identified.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Sunday that the driver was Jose Joel Guerra, a 33-year-old resident of north Minneapolis. The news release said he was also known as Jorge Sandoval.

Details were scarce about the accident, which occurred at 5:30 a.m. Saturday at the 46th Street bridge.

According to the State Patrol, the driver of a 1991 Buick Regal was heading south on the Stevens Avenue frontage road when the car went through barriers blocking off the ramp to southbound 35W.

The driver died at the scene.

Interstate 35W is closed all weekend from downtown Minneapolis to Crosstown Hwy. 62; it is expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

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