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2 killed, 2 critical after dump truck and ambulance collide in Minnesota

Two people in the ambulance were killed and both drivers suffered life-threatening injuries.

Two passengers in an ambulance were killed and two others suffered critical injuries in a crash with a dump truck in northern Minnesota on Tuesday. 

The collision happened around 10:20 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 336 and County Road 57 in Itasca County – the same intersection where DNR officer Sarah Grell was killed in a crash in May.

According to the State Patrol, the driver of a dump truck was eastbound on County Road 57 while the Med-1 Ambulance was southbound on County Road 336. The dump truck T-boned the ambulance on the passenger side. 

Killed in the crash were two passengers in the ambulance. They have been identified as Troy Edward Boettcher, 51, of Warba, and 17-year-old Joseph Michael Latimer, of Grand Rapids. 

The driver of the ambulance, 28-year-old Kimberly Fay Hakes, of Cohasset, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids. 

The driver of the dump truck, identified as Jeffery Elvin Ekholm, 67, of Nashwauk, was taken to St. Luke's in Duluth, where he is in a critical condition.

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