Infant survives high-speed collision on Fridley highway; 1 of 2 fatalities ID'ed


A major traffic accident on Interstate 694 in Fridley left two people dead.

According to the State Patrol, a Chrysler 300 was traveling "at a very high rate of speed" and rear-ended a semi truck Friday around 8:15 p.m. at Matterhorn Drive. The department says four people were involved in the crash.

One passenger that was in the Chrysler is listed as deceased. She was identified by the State Patrol Saturday as 31-year-old Patrice L. Hooks of Hopkins. A 1-year-old child was also in the Chrysler and survived with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, 68-year-old Steven Pothen of Wadena, is said to be uninjured.

The State Patrol had provided no information on the second fatality, the Chrysler's driver, as of Saturday morning. More information is expected to be released later in the day.

Multiple outlets – including the Star Tribune, KARE 11, and KSTP – reported two fatalities. State Trooper Eric Roeske tweeted as much Friday night.

The crash led the Minnesota Department of Transportation to close a portion of Interstate 694 in Fridley Friday evening. The State Patrol described road conditions as dry at the time of the accident.

The Interstate was closed to eastbound traffic from Minnesota Highway 65, which is Central Ave., and Silver Lake Road, which is Exit 39.

After the crash MnDot diverted eastbound traffic onto Highway 65. Officials were expecting to reopen 694 soon after 11 p.m.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Department and Fridley Police Department are assisting.

The department provides a real-time map to show how traffic is flowing in the Twin Cities area.

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