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Dave Olson, Published October 07 2012

Woman who died in fall from interstate overpass in south Moorhead identified

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman died Saturday night after she fell from the 34th Street South overpass onto Interstate 94 and was struck by at least one vehicle, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The incident happened about 8:10 p.m., shortly after authorities received reports of a woman running in and out of traffic on 34th Street near I-94.

According to the State Patrol, it appeared the woman, identified as Kristi E. Garden, 55, may have jumped from the overpass onto the westbound lanes of I-94, where she was struck by an SUV driven by Benjamin R. Deraas, 25, of Fargo.

The westbound lanes of I-94 were closed temporarily Saturday evening and traffic rerouted.

The State Patrol said the westbound lanes may be closed at some point today to allow for incident reconstruction.