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2 drivers, 1 pedestrian dead after trio of crashes in Minnesota

Seventy-two people have died on Minnesota roads so far in 2020, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.

Three people are dead after a trio of crashes in the past day and a half in Minnesota. 

The deadly collisions resulted in the deaths of motorists in Waconia and Willmar, and a pedestrian who was struck while crossing a road in Maplewood. 

Waconia crash

The crash happened around 5:05 a.m. just southeast of Waconia in the 8600 block of County Road 10. The Carver County Sheriff's Office reports that it was a head-on crash, with one driver killed and the other transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. 

The victim in the crash has been identified as 43-year-old Tyler Heglund, of Waconia. 

There was no evidence of alcohol or drugs factoring in the crash, the sheriff's office said. 

Maplewood crash

Around 9:15 p.m., 67-year-old Susan R. Sina, of Oakdale, was crossing Hwy. 120 when she was struck by two vehicles, according to the State Patrol crash report. 

Only one vehicle has been identified: a 2005 Buick Le Sabre driven by an 89-year-old St. Paul man, who was uninjured. The crash report does not identity the other driver, only saying that it was an "unidentified SUV" traveling southbound. 

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

Willmar crash

According to the State Patrol, the crash happened on Hwy. 12 at 41st St. NE around 12:35 a.m. Friday. The driver of an international semi hauling turkeys was westbound on Hwy. 12 when he lost control on the snow- and- ice-covered roadway, causing the semi to roll. 

The driver, Gary K. Vergin, 65, of Willmar, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A storm system produced rain, freezing rain and snow in the Willmar area Thursday night.

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