2 killed as Jaguar hits driveway, goes airborne and strikes trees

Police arrived to find the car on its roof.
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A driver and passenger were killed when their car flew through the air and hit several trees after leaving the road late Saturday evening.

The crash happened just across the border in Polk County, Wisconsin, on Hwy. 8 near the intersection with Hwy. 46. Authorities arrived to find a red, 2-door Jaguar on its roof at 10:46 p.m.

Police were alerted to the crash by the car's Sirius XM system, which informed Jaguar that its airbag had deployed.

It emerged that the Jaguar had been traveling east on Hwy. 8 when it crossed into the westbound lanes, entered the ditch on the north side of the road and then struck a property access drive.

"The car then became airborne and struck several trees before coming to rest on its roof at the edge of the woods/highway right of way," the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

The male driver and female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. Their names will be released at a later stage after family has been informed.

It's also not clear yet what caused the crash.

There have been more than 300 fatal crashes on Minnesota roads so far this year, with the latest DPS figures from before this weekend putting that number at 305, compared to 289 at the same time last year.

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