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4 fatal crashes in Minnesota Thursday; 2 in the metro area

There have been 169 deaths on Minnesota roads so far this year.

There were at least four fatal crashes in Minnesota that were reported by authorities on Thursday, including two in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Around 6:20 p.m., a head-on crash involving a passenger car and a dump truck happened in the area of Manning Ave. N and 22nd St. N in West Lakeland, which is a couple of miles east of Oakdale in Washington County. 

Per the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the man in the passenger vehicle died from his injuries at the scene despite life-saving efforts by Bayport Rescue and Lakeview medics.

The identity of the man who died hasn't been released, though the sheriff's office says it was a 20-year-old from Oak Park Heights. 

The crash is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the State Patrol. 

Earlier Thursday, the State Patrol reported a fatal crash on Highway 10 at Sunfish Lake Boulevard in Ramsey around 8:10 a.m. Details are limited, but the driver of a Ford Explorer was partially ejected after losing control and rolling through the intersection. 

Neither victim's identity from the aforementioned crashes have been released. 

2 fatal crashes in greater Minnesota

Two motorcyclists died in crashes Thursday in greater Minnesota. 

The State Patrol reports that one crash happened at approximately 1:54 a.m. on Highway 1 in Beaver Bay Township, which is located along the North Shore in Lake County.

Per the crash report, the 45-year-old from Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, was riding a 2017 Harley-Davidson south on Highway 1 when he drove off the road onto the shoulder and overturned. He has been identified as Travis Juan Vargas. He was not wearing a helmet, the State Patrol said. 

The second deadly motorcycle crash happened just after 7 p.m. on the 1700 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji, with police saying the driver of a Suzuki motorcycle was traveling westbound and collided with an eastbound pickup. 

The driver was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead. The driver of the truck wasn't injured. Identities in this crash have not been released. 

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety reports that there have been 169 fatalities on Minnesota roads this year, which is the same amount that there were at the same point last year. 

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