(3/5/13) The State Patrol said a body was recovered late this morning from a river in Menomonie – and it appears to be that of a truck driver who plunged his rig into the water.
Officials said two people were co-driving their rig going west on snow-covered Interstate-94, when it hit a bridge and fell cab-first into the Red Cedar River. A search continued for the truck's passenger at last word. A rescue team from Hudson was called to lead the search for the two men. The rig is owned by a trucking firm from Lansing Michigan. Officials said it was submerged in 20-to-30 feet of water. The incident happened around 3:45 this morning, after the start of a snowstorm that was expected to dump up to 10-inches in the area before clearing out tonight. Both eastbound lanes of I-94 at Menomonie were closed for most of the morning, and the westbound lanes were also shut down for a time. Officials say the highway re-opened around 10 a-m.