A woman was killed along with her unborn child after a "catastrophic" crash in Minneapolis Thursday evening, just hours after a multi-vehicle crash in St. Paul claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman.
The Minneapolis crash happened 10:50 p.m. on the 1300 block of Newton Avenue North, where police found several vehicles had smashed into each other, with a minivan having rolled over.
Police learned that it was caused when an SUV traveled southbound on the northbound one-way on Newton Avenue, before striking a parked vehicle and continuing the wrong direction.
It then entered the 1300 block at an "exceptionally high rate of speed," hitting the minivan and several other vehicles.
Responders worked for an hour to extricate a woman in her 30s from the minivan, but she died before they could remove her. She was eight months pregnant, and her unborn child also died.
The driver of the minivan and two people in the suspect vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries, with police saying drug use and speed were possible contributing factors in the crash.
Teen killed in St. Paul crash
About four hours earlier, a head-on crash in St. Paul's Battlecreek neighborhood left an 18-year-old woman dead and five injured, three of them critically.
The crash happened 6:25 p.m. at Lower Afton Road and Morningside Circle, where police arrived finding several good Samaritans trying to help those injured.
The teenage woman was ejected from one of the vehicles, and died at the scene.
Critically injured were a 29-year-old man, a 25-year-old man, and a male of unknown age.
Two more suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say it happened when a white Pontiac G6 carrying six people turned west onto Lower Afton from Morningside Circle and struck a red Pontiac G6, carrying two people, which was traveling east.
Investigators are trying to determine who was driving the white vehicle and whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
No arrests have been made as of Thursday night, and the case remains under investigation.
A few hours earlier in St. Paul, a man was killed and five were injured in a four-vehicle pileup on Hwy. 52.