Six injured in crash in which both drivers were possibly impaired

The crash happened when a driver crossed the centerline, striking an oncoming vehicle.
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Six people were injured in a crash in northern Minnesota in which both drivers are suspected of being impaired.

The incident happened at 8:25 p.m. last Saturday at Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 89 in Eckles Township, about 1.5 miles northwest of Bemidji.

A 2003 GMC Sonoma driven by a 21-year-old man from Bemidji, was eastbound on Hwy. 2 when he crossed the centerline, striking a westbound 2001 Ford Taurus, driven by a 32-year-old man, who is also from Bemidji.

The Taurus had four passengers in the vehicle, three men aged 20, 33, and 74, and a 31-year-old woman. The driver of the Sonoma was alone in his vehicle.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says that occupants of both vehicles "sustained varying levels of injury."

"Both operators exhibited signs of impairment," it added, saying the crash is pending further investigation.

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