2 teens, Texas man suffer life-threatening injuries in crash near East Grand Forks

One of the drivers crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle.
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Two teenagers and a 20-year-old Texas man suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a crash outside of Grand Forks Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:11 p.m. on Highway 220 in Grand Forks Township, on the Minnesota side of the border, the Minnesota State Patrol says. A GMC Envoy, being driven by 17-year-old Ethan Carsen from Grand Forks, was traveling southbound on Highway 220. Damien Powell, 16 and also from Grand Forks, was in the car as well.

A Ford Ranger heading northbound "crossed over the center line," the State Patrol says, and crashed into the front of the GMC Envoy. 

Carsen and Powell, both of whom were wearing seat belts, were taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with "life-threatening" injuries, according to the incident report.

The driver of the Ford Ranger was 20-year-old Valentin Iv Mendoza of Texas. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, and was also taken to Altru with life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol says both vehicles had "severe disabling damage" as a result of the crash.

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