1 person killed, several hurt when wrong-way driver slams into 2 cars


One person died and four others were injured when a wrong-way driver slammed into two cars on Interstate 694 near Fridley early Sunday morning.

A Saturn SUV was going east down the westbound side of the interstate shortly after 3 a.m. when it crashed head-on into a Ford Fusion and then hit a Lincoln SUV, the State Patrol incident report says.

The 23-year-old driver who went the wrong way was killed, the state patrol notes.

Two people in the Lincoln SUV were seriously injured and two people in the Fusion were taken to the hospital with minor injures, KARE 11 reports. Two other people riding in the back of the SUV were not hurt, the news station adds.

Part of the interstate was closed for several hours while officials investigated the crash, reports note.

Alcohol was not detected on the wrong-way driver, according to the incident report. More information is expected to be released Monday.

Deadly weekend on the roads

There were a handful of other fatal accidents on Minnesota's roads in the last few days.

Early Sunday morning, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta crashed into a Toyota Corolla that was stopped at an intersection in Burnsville, and both cars went down an embankment, the state patrol incident report says.

The driver of the Corolla died. The driver of the Jetta, who police believe had been drinking, was arrested. Criminal vehicular homicide charges are pending.

He is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reports.

On Friday, a Chevy Impala carrying three people south on Highway 52 crossed the median into the northbound lane and collided with a semi, the state patrol said. A second semi then hit the Impala.

Two passengers in the Imapala were killed, the third was seriously injured.

Last Thursday, Mark Laine, 49, of Saginaw was traveling north on Highway 33 when his pickup truck crossed the center line and crashed head-on into Fay Dahlman, 54, of Alborna, who was driving south on the highway, the state patrol incident report said.

Laine, a Cloquet Police Department corporal, and Dahlman, a nurse at a local hospital, were both killed in the crash, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

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