Patrol: Medical condition cause of driver’s death in January on I-35

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A motorist who died in late January after his vehicle veered off Interstate 35 and into a field south of Albert Lea suffered a medical condition while at the wheel, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

Albert Fraser Bailey, 75, of Burnsville, was driving northbound on I-35 on the morning of Jan. 30 when, according to the incident report, he crossed through the median, across the southbound lanes, into the west ditch, up the embankment, through the freeway fence and into a field. The crash was about four miles north of the Iowa border.

The vehicle, which was not identified in the report, came to a stop facing north and sustained no damage in the crash.

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The report indicates Bailey was the only person in the vehicle and was found with his seat belt on and his foot on the accelerator.

The vehicle, which had a manual transmission, had stalled.

The State Patrol is still awaiting the medical examiner’s report.