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Fireball crash in Lowry Hill tunnel kills 2, closes I-94 west

Traffic cameras showed the shocking moment the car crashed and exploded into flames.

Two people were killed and a third was injured when their car crashed into the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis and burst into flames Sunday night.

The BMW was approaching the tunnel at "a high rate of speed" but it hit the freeway barrier wall, "rupturing the fuel tank," the Minnesota State Patrol's report says, noting the crash happened at 9:39 p.m. on the westbound side of Interstate 94. 

Video of the crash (warning, it's graphic) shows the BMW crashing into the side of the tunnel and then bursting into flames, coming to a rest inside the tunnel. 

The crash caused the freeway to close for several hours. It has since reopened. 

Initial reports stated one person died in the crash, but the State Patrol has since revealed two people were killed — a 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, who both died at the scene. A third person, a 24-year-old man, suffered life-threatening injuries.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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