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2 fatal chain-reaction crashes in 2 days near North Branch, both less than a mile apart

Both involved vehicles that were stopped or slowing to turn.

For the second time in as many days, a chain-reaction crash on Hwy. 95 near North Branch has resulted in a death. 

The latest deadly crash happened at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 95 near Hornsby St. NE., with a 56-year-old passenger of a Kia Soul dying in the three-vehicle collision. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Kia Soul was stopped or slowing down to take a left turn from the eastbound lane of Hwy. 95 to go north on Hornsby when it was rear-ended by a Dodge Caliber. 

The force of the collision pushed the Kia into a Ford Fiesta that was preparing to turn right onto Hornsby from the westbound turn lane. 

The person killed in the crash has not been identified, but the State Patrol says the victim is a 56-year-old man from North Branch. 

A 47-year-old North Branch woman driving the Kia was transported to Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The 21-year-old Cambridge woman driving the Dodge Caliber was not injured, nor was a 17-year-old male from North Branch who was driving the Ford Fiesta. 

Fatal crash on Hwy. 95 Tuesday less than a mile away

The fatal, chain-reaction crash on Tuesday happened less than a mile east – at 392nd St. – of where Wednesday's fatal accident happened. 

The incident began in the westbound lane of Hwy. 95 when a Dodge Ram rear-ended a Chevy Cruze, sending the car into the eastbound lane of traffic where it collided with a motorcycle. The Ram then crashed into a westbound Honda Fit that was waiting to turn left at 392nd St.

The motorcyclist was killed, and has been identified as Larry Micheal Cooper, 58, of North Branch. He was riding a 1989 Honda CBR 300 and was wearing a helmet.

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