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Driver who ran a stop sign among those killed in weekend crashes near Twin Cities

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A driver who ran a stop sign in Sibley County is dead after a collision with another car sent him flying from his vehicle.

According to the State Patrol, the unbelted driver failed to stop his Oldsmobile at the intersection of County Road 9 and Highway 19 and was broadsided by an eastbound Infiniti.

He was ejected from his car, severely injured and eventually flown by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died, the Star Tribune reports.

The paper identified the man only as a 37-year-old from Eagle Lake, Minnesota. Initially, the state patrol suspected the driver was drunk at the time of the crash, but Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials said Monday that it is now believed alcohol did not play a factor in the crash.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Infiniti was not hurt, but his passenger, a 51-year-old New Prague woman, was taken to nearby Arlington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol says.

Other weekend accidents

Alcohol is being blamed in a crash that ejected a driver from a car in Pierce County, Wisconsin, just across the border from the Twin Cities.

The Saturday rollover apparently occurred after the driver – identified as a 28-year-old woman from Ellsworth, Wisconsin – tried to pull over to the shoulder on Highway 10, according to WCCO.

The station says she was transported to the hospital with "undetermined injuries," adding that alcohol is believed to be a "factor" in the crash.

Meanwhile, the State Patrol reports a 72-year-old woman from Ortonville, Minnesota, was killed near New London in Kandiyohi county on Friday afternoon when she was broadsided by a tractor-trailer.

The woman, identified as Judith E. Wachter, had apparently pulled into the 18-wheeler's path at an intersection on Highway 9.

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