Cab driver, passenger killed when taxi rear-ended by semi at a red light

The crash in St. Cloud has also left another taxi passenger critically injured.

A taxi driver and one of his passengers have been killed and another passenger critically injured when the cab was hit from behind at a red light by a semi truck.

The incident happened 7:20 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. 10 at St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Dodge Caravan taxi was waiting at the red light on southbound Hwy. 10 when a southbound Freightliner semi crashed into the back of it.

Killed in the collision was the cab driver, identified as 66-year-old Thomas Findlay of Sartell, and 22-year-old passenger Emily LeTourneau of Big Lake, Minnesota.

The other passenger, a 24-year-old from New Hope, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with critical injuries. Neither passenger was wearing their seatbelt, though the driver was.

According to her Facebook page, LeTourneau had turned 22 years old on Thursday. Her last post was on Friday night, saying: "All ready happy 22nd too me ... Wild bills here I come [sic]."

Friends of hers have reacted with shock to the news, posting tributes on her page.

The driver of the semi truck, a 61-year-old man from Owatonna, was not injured in the incident. It's not been made clear at this stage how he failed to stop.

Authorities are investigating.

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