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Crash victims recovered, identified

The Wisconsin State Patrol reported March 6 it has recovered the body of 26-year-old Mohammed Malin, the other victim of a fatal semi-truck crash that happened Tuesday morning when the truck left the snow-covered roads, slid down an embankment and landed in the Red Cedar River near Menomonie.

Emergency workers recovered the body of driver Batrodin Siyad, 25, the day of the accident. Both men were from Minneapolis and were close friends and coworkers.

Siyad's funeral was held Feb. 6, and Malin's funeral was held Feb. 7.

Siyad's brother said the two truckers were best friends and like family. Ayan Gutale said the two men were always happy when they stopped by her office in Minneapolis to collect their mail.

The State Patrol said the semi-truck, owned by a Michigan firm, was going west when it crossed the median into the opposite lanes, went down an embankment and into the river.

It was snowing at the time, but Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Lorentz says it may never be known if the weather caused the crash, because there were no witnesses. The truck was heading from Ohio to Minnesota.