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Forum staff reports, Published July 17 2012

West Fargo woman, husband hurt in I-94 crash involving wrong-way driver

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A West Fargo woman and her husband were injured Monday in a three-vehicle crash involving a wrong-way driver suffering from a medical condition on Interstate 94 near here, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Linda Mayo, 52, of West Fargo, was a passenger in a Ford F-350 pickup driven by her husband, Joseph Mayo, 50, of Cavalier, N.D., according to patrol Sgt. Casey Meagher, who corrected an earlier news release.

The pickup, which was pulling a fifth-wheel camper, was westbound on I-94 south of St. Cloud when a Chevy Suburban driven by 49-year-old John P. Fischer of St. Cloud went through the freeway fence off of Cooper Avenue and headed the wrong way on I-94, going east in the westbound lane, Meagher said.

A half-ton pickup pulling an empty horse trailer swerved to avoid the Suburban, causing the trailer to detach and flip onto its side, Meagher said.

The Suburban then struck the Mayos’ pickup head-on just east of the St. Augusta exit, causing both the pickup and camper to roll, Meagher said.

Linda Mayo was taken to a St. Cloud Hospital in critical condition. Joseph Mayo and Fischer also were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Linda and Joseph Mayo were both listed in fair condition this morning, a hospital official said. Fischer was no longer a patient at the hospital.

The patrol did not specify the nature of Fischer’s medical issue at the time of the crash.

The driver and a passenger in the half-ton pickup, both from California, were not injured.

The St. Cloud Times reported that the crash reduced traffic to one lane on each side of interstate.