One dead as truck crashes into trees, catches fire near U of M sports field


One person died in a fiery truck crash near the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus on Friday.

The Pioneer Press reports that a pickup was traveling on Cleveland Avenue in Falcon Heights, when it veered across the road and struck trees on the boundary of the U's athletic fields, south of Larpenteur Avenue.

The pickup then caught fire and the driver was killed at around 2:45 p.m, the newspaper notes.

WCCO reports that the identity of the driver has not yet been released, but adds that they were the only person injured in the crash.

KSTP notes that the road was closed to traffic for more than three hours while fire crews and police investigators worked at the scene.

The University of Minnesota police are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul Fire Marshal, KSTP adds.

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