Two people who were in a highway median following a crash were fatally hit by another vehicle near Spicer in Kandiyohi County Wednesday night.
According to the State Patrol's report, a Volvo traveling westbound on North Shore Drive collided with a Chevrolet Impala traveling north on Highway 23 at the intersection around 7:27 p.m.
Both drivers got out of their vehicles and were talking in the median. The State Patrol believes the passenger in the Volvo was attempting to get out of the car when a Chrysler 300, traveling northbound, hit the driver and passenger of the Volvo.
They both died at the scene, the report says.
The victims haven't been identified, but the Star Tribune says they were a husband and wife from Spicer.
The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured, while the driver of the Chrysler 300 suffered non-life threatening injuries, the repot notes.
It's been a deadly start to the year on Minnesota's roads. More than 40 people have died in traffic-related incidents this year, compared to 28 at this time last year, the state's Toward Zero Deaths website says.
Estimates from the National Safety Council show vehicle deaths in 2015 were 8 percent higher than in 2014 – the largest year-over-year percent increase in 50 years.
An estimated 38,300 people died on U.S. roads last year, while 4.4 million were seriously injured.