Alcohol involved in northern MN crash that killed 18-year-old passenger

Three other passengers and the driver are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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A teenager is dead and four have been injured after a crash in St. Louis County in the early hours of Monday morning.

The county sheriff's office said in a news release the 18-year-old was a passenger who was thrown from the vehicle when the crash happened at the intersection of Canosia Road and West Arrowhead Road, in Solway Township, at 3:50 a.m.

They were one of four passengers in the vehicle, which overturned after leaving the road. The identities of those involved have not yet been released.

The driver is now being investigated for driving while under the influence, criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.

They and the three other passengers were hurt in the crash, and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in local hospitals.

The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said. "The accident remains under investigation at this time."

Minnesota is at the beginning of what public safety officials call the deadliest season on state roads, with the 100-day stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day accounting for around of third of traffic fatalities every year.

Last year, 120 people lost their lives on the roads between the two holidays, 24 of which were in crashes involving alcohol, while 21 involved people not wearing their seat belts.

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