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2 dead, 2 injured in separate fatal crashes in Minnesota

The State Patrol is investigating a head-on crash involving a driver who was passing another vehicle.
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A single-vehicle crash in Crow Wing County and a two-vehicle wreck in Cass County on Monday resulted in two deaths and one person with life-threatening injuries. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at approximately 1:50 p.m. the driver of a Chevy Silverado truck was speeding eastbound on Highway 200 in Turtle Lake Township when he passed another vehicle and collided head-on with a westbound Hyundai Tucson. 

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Virginia Marie Stewart, 53, of Longville, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The 39-year-old Walker man who was speeding and caused the crash was transported to Sanford Bemidji with non-critical injuries, while a passenger in the truck – a 39-year-old woman from Sauk Rapids – suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Sanford Bemidji for treatment. 

The State Patrol says alcohol was detected on the speeding motorist and that neither person in the truck was wearing a seatbelt. 

A second fatal crash happened just before 9:30 p.m. in Crow Wing County, with the sheriff's office reporting that a 29-year-old rural Nisswa man was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on County Road 18 when he lost control near Wedgewood Road in Lake Edward Township and crash. 

The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene. His name has not been released. 

No further information about the crash has been announced. 

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