4 dead in wrong-way driver crash on I-35W in Twin Cities

A motorist was going the wrong way on I-35W in Richfield.
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Two drivers and two passengers were killed when a wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision in Richfield Saturday night. 

The deadly crash happened around 9:55 p.m. when the driver of a Nissan Murano going south in the northbound lanes of I-35W collided with a GMC Terrain near the 66th Street exit, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

There were four people in the vehicle going the proper direction. Three of them died at the scene and one passenger was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

The wrong-way driver, Alfredo Torres, 21, of St. Paul, died at the scene. 

The driver of the GMC Terrain, identified as 25-year-old Briana Marisa Vazquez, of Watertown, South Dakota, was pronounced dead at the scene, as were two passengers: Hassan Aquil Abdulmalik, 28, of Bloomington, and Tyler Joseph Fried, 27, of Vermillion, South Dakota. 

The passenger in the Terrain who suffered life-threatening injuries is a 25-year-old Lakeville woman. The crash report notes that she and one of the passengers who didn't survive were not wearing their seat belt. 

It is unknown if alcohol factored in the crash and an investigation is ongoing. 

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