'Best friends' among 7 killed on MN roads since Friday

Two "best friends" were among several people killed on Minnesota roads the past few days.

Two men were killed after bring thrown from their truck in a rollover crash in central Minnesota, in what has been a deadly couple of days on state roads.

According to a Morrison County Sheriff's Office press release, the crash occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday on 113th Street in Pierz Township, south of Pierz.

Killed in the accident were 24-year-old Nathan Brill and 25-year-old Nicholas Kroll, both of Pierz, who were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say their Dodge truck crossed the center line and went into the ditch on the north side of the road, striking a road approach and going airborne. The truck rolled and both men were ejected from the car.

The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Morrison County Sheriff.

People have been paying tribute to the pair on Facebook, with Tianna Tetrick posting that yellow and white balloons were being placed throughout Pierz in memory of the two "hell raisers." She said they were best friends who "struck by each other as they tipped 'em back."

She described them as "good people" who would "drop anything to help someone."

Several deaths since Friday

The Pierz crash is among a series of fatal incidents on Minnesota roads the past few days.

KSTP reports that 71-year-old Larry Kuseke, of Villard, was killed when a pickup truck and a car collided on Highway 28 in Pope County Saturday evening.

And late on Friday night, a 37-year-old male pedestrian was killed while trying to cross University Ave. in Fridley. He was struck by a southbound car at 81st Ave. NE, the TV station notes.

Also on Friday, the Pioneer Press reports that two motorists were killed in separate collisions with school buses.

A cargo van driver died after rear-ending a bus that had stopped to drop off students north of Ogilvie, east-central Minnesota, on Friday afternoon.

And in southeast Minnesota, minivan driver Travis Jacobson, 27, of Winona, died when he crashed head-on into a school bus near Minneiska just before 6 a.m., the newspaper notes.

On Saturday morning, 31-year-old motorcyclist Joel Miller, from Nicollet, was killed in a crash.

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