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Numerous fatal crashes in Minnesota over holiday weekend

The weekend saw a trio of deadly ATV accidents.

It was a deadly Fourth of July weekend on Minnesota roads and trails with numerous fatal crashes on Saturday and Sunday. 

In addition to a trio of deadly ATV accidents, there were at least two fatal car crashes, one in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota and one just north of the Twin Cities metro area in East Bethel. 

Fiery crash in East Bethel

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office and East Bethel Fire Department responded to the single-vehicle wreck just after 10:45 p.m. Sunday on 229th Ave. NE and Gopher Drive NE in East Bethel. 

On arrival, the BMW sedan was fully engulfed in flames and extensively damaged. Investigators say the driver, who was fatally ejected, was traveling westbound on 229th Ave. when he left the roadway at a curve, went airborne and hit a tree. 

The driver is believed to have been the only person in the BMW at the time of the crash. His identity has not been released. 

Fatal crash in Clay County

The State Patrol reports that the crash happened just before 1:15 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. 10 at Hwy. 32 in Eglon Township. The driver of a 2007 Ford Freestar, 19-year-old Dusty D. Duchene, of Borup, was traveling south on Hwy. 32 when he left the roadway and rolled onto Hwy. 10. 

Duchene, whom the State Patrol says wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. 

3 fatal ATV crashes

There have been four deadly ATV crashes in Minnesota since Thursday, and three of them happened over the weekend in northern Minnesota. 

Two of them were in Carlton County on the Fourth of July, with the sheriff's office reporting that the first happened around 11:40 a.m. in Barnum Township. 

A woman in her 40s died after being pinned by her ATV, which was the result of what investigators believe to be a lot of dust from other ATVs making it difficult to see an intersection, prompting a sudden attempt to stop and a rollover crash. 

The second Carlton County crash happened around 8:30 p.m. off Golf Course Road in Holyoke Township. The sheriff's office says a 48-year-old man was traveling down a hill when he rolled the ATV, with the machine landing on top of him. 

The victim was pinned and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Another fatal Fourth of July ATV crash happened in St. Louis County, when a 60-year-old Hibbing man was riding in a ditch when he rolled the ATV and was pinned under it while submerged in water

Those three crashes came just two days after a boy died in a ATV crash in northwest Minnesota. 

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