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2 dead after separate fatal crashes on Minnesota roads

One crash happened in Steele County and the other in Anoka County.

Despite reductions in vehicle traffic because of the pandemic, there have been 182 deaths on Minnesota roads so far in 2020, which is two more than there were at the same point in 2019, according to the Minnesota Office Traffic Safety. 

Two deaths were reported by law enforcement on Thursday, one in Anoka County and another from a head-on crash in Steele County in southern Minnesota. 

According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, a passenger car was traveling west on Viking Blvd. around 4:10 p.m. when it crashed head-on with a pickup that was eastbound. The crash happened west of Hwy. 47. 

On arrival, first responders found one driver not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were attempted at the scene, but the driver was pronounced dead on site. The other driver suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. 

The identities of the drivers have not been released. 

A Thursday afternoon crash in Steele County resulted in the death of another motorist, with the sheriff's office reporting that the crash was a head-on collision on the 3600 block of Lemond Road, which is just southwest of Owatonna. 

The sheriff's office said both vehicles sustained extensive damage, and that "extensive life-saving measures were performed by medical personnel on the scene; however, the party was pronounced dead as a result of injuries suffered in the crash."

The driver who survived the crash was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. 

No further information about the victims has been released. 

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