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State Patrol: Man drives on to shoulder, crashes into unoccupied car

The man suffered life-threatening injuries.

A man who was seen speeding on to the shoulder of a Twin Cities highway is now seriously injured after slamming into an unoccupied car.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 36-year-old was driving his Jeep eastbound on Highway 610, at Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park, around 7 p.m. Monday. The driver had been in the far right lane speeding, a witness said.

The Jeep passed the exit for 252 and continued straight on to the shoulder, where an unoccupied vehicle sat.

The driver then crashed his Jeep into that empty car. He became pinned, and needed to be mechanically extracted, the State Patrol says.

Once they freed the man, he was taken to North Memorial with life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol says drug use is suspected to be a factor in the crash. The driver also did not have his seat belt on.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

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