Updated April 5, 2023. An Eagan police officer is in critical condition after his squad car was hit by a semi-truck on I-35E. Shortly after 5 AM Tuesday, Officer Kade Eggum responded to a call with his emergency lights activated. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Officer Eggum merged onto northbound I-35E from Pilot Knobb Road. When he attempted a U-turn through the median crossover at Yankee Doodle Road, his vehicle was struck by a northbound semi driven by 27-year-old Martin Sosa of Miami, Florida. As a result of the crash, a third vehicle, driven by 37-year-old Matthew Amdor of St. Paul, struck the squad car’s passenger side before it came to rest in the center median.
Officer Eggum was rushed to Regions Hospital with life-threatening injuries where he is in critical but stable condition. Neither Sosa nor Amdor was injured in the crash. The back entrance to the Regions Emergency Room filled up with police cars as Eagan officers arrived to support Eggum, who has been with the force for just over a year. The Eagan Police Department said, “Please know we appreciate all the prayers and kind words during this difficult time for the department.” Officer Eggum spent nearly three weeks in the hospital before he was released on April 2 to continue his recovery at home.
All three northbound lanes of I-35E were shut down for about seven hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the crash scene. According to MnDOT, the collision caused a tank in the semi to rupture and leak fuel. The crash is under investigation. The Minnesota State Patrol says road conditions were clear and no alcohol consumption is suspected.
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