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UPDATE: I-94 wreck was intentional, authorities say

Workers strapped a towing harness to a vehicle that had crashed into Battle Creek Lake in Woodbury before removing it from the water. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
Woodbury police and the Minnesota State Patrol were still on the scene after a vehicle crashed through a fence and plunged into Battle Creek Lake around 2 p.m. Monday. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

A Woodbury woman was injured after her vehicle drove off Interstate 94, crashed through a fence and plunged into Battle Creek Lake in Woodbury in an incident authorities described as a suicide attempt.

"This was an attempt to harm herself," said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske, who added that a suicide note was found at the 54-year-old woman's home.

The woman survived the crash and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with minor injuries, Roeske said.

He said witnesses reported seeing the car traveling eastbound on I-94 at "regular freeway speed" when it veered off the south end of the roadway, rolled twice and plunged into the lake.

He said alcohol was involved and that the woman could face a possible DWI charge. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

A witness reported the crash at about 2 p.m.

Troopers at the scene accessed the victim with an inflatable raft that was used to bring her back to shore, Roeske said, noting that the water level was relatively shallow at the vehicle's entry point.

"She was more in danger of hypothermia than drowning," he said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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