Update: 4 killed in 3 separate crashes on Twin Cities roads this morning


Four people were killed in three separate crashes in the Twin Cities Tuesday morning.

The first crash happened around 3 a.m. on Snelling Avenue near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the St. Paul Police Department tweeted.

Two people were killed in that crash, which prompted police to close Snelling Avenue from Midway Parkway to Hoyt Avenue West for about three hours.


Officials haven't said what may have led to the crash, but KSTP is reporting the drivers of each vehicle – a van and a car – were killed.

Rollover on Mendota Bridge

In a second crash about 16 miles south, a fatal crash closed Eastbound Highway 55 on the Mendota Bridge. The State Patrol's report says the driver of the car lost control for an unknown reason, hit the median wall on the left, crossed back over and hit the right wall, before riding up the wall and rolling, landing on its roof in the left lane.

The driver, identified as 24-year-old Angelica Serrata, was killed. Her passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.


Pedestrian hit on I-94

A truck hit a pedestrian who was crossing the southbound lanes of Interstate 94 near Interstate 394 in Minneapolis around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Sate Patrol's report says.

The pedestrian, who was wearing earbuds at the time of the crash, was hit in the left hand lane.

Traffic was diverted until 12:30 p.m., when the road reopened, the Star Tribune says.

124 traffic deaths so far this year


These are the latest fatalities in what has proven to be a deadly year on Minnesota's roads so far. At least 119 people have died in crashes this year, according to the Toward Zero Deaths website. Last year at this time, 127 people died in traffic-related incidents.

The state Department of Public Safety kicked off a seatbelt enforcement campaign Monday. Statistics show only 51 percent of the people killed in crashes in Minnesota over the past five years were wearing seat belts.

It hasn't been said whether the people killed in Tuesday morning's crashes were belted in.

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