UPDATE: Men killed in Wisconsin semi crash described as 'best friends'

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:10:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 06:39:05 AM CST
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -

The two Minnesota men killed when their semi plunged into a western Wisconsin river are remembered as best friends.

Mohammed Malin and Batrodin Siyad, both of Minneapolis, died Tuesday when their semi left a snow-covered interstate, went down an embankment and into the Red Cedar River.

Siyad's brother, Abdul Siyad, says the two victims were "connected so long" that they were like family. Ayan Gutale says the two would often stop by her office at Soma Travel, Immigration and Tax Service to collect their mail. Gutale says the two were so close she rarely saw one without the other. She describes the 26-year-old Malin as a jokester and the 25-year-old Siyad as always happy.

The Star Tribune says services for Siyad were held Wednesday. A funeral for Malin will be held Thursday.

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Authorities have recovered the body of the second victim of a fatal semi crash into a river in western Wisconsin.

The State Patrol says the body of the passenger, 26-year-old Mohammed Malin, was recovered after the search resumed Wednesday.

Malin was one of two Minnesota men killed Tuesday when their semi slid off Interstate 94, down an embankment and into the Red Cedar River near Menomonie. The body of the driver, 25-year-old Batrodin Siyad, was found in the cab of the tractor. Both men were from Minneapolis.

The patrol says the owner of the semi is Dashman's Transport of Lansing, Mich.

The patrol says both lanes of eastbound I-94 were to reopen soon.