Fatal weekend on Minnesota roads


Four people have died in car accidents on Minnesota roads over the past four days.

Head-on collision in central Minnesota

A head-on collision between a car and a semi near Wadena early Saturday morning killed one man and seriously injured another.

The Fargo Forum reports the car was driving northbound on Highway 71 south of Wadena about 12:45 a.m. Saturday when it crossed over the center line and struck the semi, which was driving south.

The passenger in the car, Gabriel Kemp, 23, of Bluffton, died as a result. The driver of the car, Tyler Langer, 22, of Wadena, was seriously injured, according to the Forum.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

According to the State Patrol, the highway was wet at the time.

Teen killed in rollover

One teenager is dead and three others injured after their car, which was speeding on a southern Minnesota highway Saturday night left the road and rolled over several times.

According to WCCO, the accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday on westbound highway 60 near Madelia in Watonwan County.

The car was traveling at "a high rate of speed," according to the State Patrol, when it went into the center median and rolled over.

Two of the four passengers were thrown from the vehicle. One of them, Ross Blomgren, 16, of Butterfield, died in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt, the Star Tribune reports.

The driver, a 17-year-old boy, as well as two teenage girls who were passengers, were taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to WCCO. They are all from Butterfield as well.

The State Patrol says the highway’s was wet at the time of the crash.

Two victims IDed in Hastings area crash

Authorities have identified two people who died in a head-on crash near Hastings Thursday afternoon, according to the Star Tribune.

The accident occurred on Ravenna Trail south of Hastings, when a car being driven by 57-year-old Timothy Gusk of St. Paul crossed over into the opposite lane and hit an SUV head on.

Gusk was killed in the accident, as was a passenger in the SUV, Lihua Jing, 56, of Savage, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner.

The driver of the SUV and another passenger in that vehicle were also seriously injured, and they were taken to Regions Hospital to be treated.

The Dakota County sheriff's department is still investigating why Gusk's vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic.

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