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3 Minnesotans killed in downtown Grand Forks crash

Alcohol and speed may have been factors in the deadly crash.

Alcohol may have factored in a crash that killed three Minnesotans last weekend in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

According to Grand Forks police, the crash happened Saturday around 12:20 p.m. on DeMers Avenue in downtown Grand Forks, and was caused by a 21-year-old Minnesota woman whom witnesses said was driving at an "extremely high rate of speed."

Janessa Kelly, of Crookston, Minnesota, was westbound on DeMers Avenue in a Buick Regal when she crashed into a Chevrolet Impala and a Ford Explorer at the intersection with 5th Street, before striking a Dodge Caravan and rolling. 

The driver and front-seat passenger of the Caravan, identified as 52-year-old Laura Van Erem and 72-year-old Nancy Sand, both of Fertile, Minnesota, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Kelley was transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks where she died of her injuries. 

A teenager in the van was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, as was a passenger in Kelley's vehicle. 

Grand Forks PD noted that Kelley was driving a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier hit-and-run in East Grand Forks. Alcohol may have also factored into the crash, police said, citing "evidence at the scene." 

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