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Two killed in accident involving State Patrol squad car

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The Minnesota State Patrol confirms that two people were killed in a multi-car crash in Goodhue County on Friday afternoon.

KSTP reports that a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was responding to an injury crash when a vehicle pulled out in front of his squad car as he drove through Cannon Falls.

The two people in the car were killed and the trooper was airlifted to Mayo Hospital. The two victims have not been named. WCCO reported they were a married couple in their 70s from Cannon Falls.

The Star Tribune reports that Scott Reps, 48, is being treated for injuries that are not life threatening; the newspaper report says that state employee records identify a man with that name as a trooper.

The incident occurred at and intersection just south of the Cannon Falls town center. Chuck Drometer, a manager of the nearby Country Side Antique Mall, said one of their dealers witnessed the crash. He said the squad car was driving quickly with sirens and lights flashing when it broadsided the other vehicle.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, the Fourth of July holiday has traditionally been one of the deadliest on Minnesota roads and highways. Fifty-nine deaths were reported in the past 10 years over the holiday, with 34 of those fatalities attributed to alcohol-related crashes.

Since 2004, Independence Day has seen 4,585 crashes, 200 serious injuries and 5,324 DWI citations, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.

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