Four crashes, five killed in Twin Cities metro area on Thursday

One of the victims was a woman eight months pregnant

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October 18, 2019 - 5:16 am
Car collision in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Police Department


A woman who was eight months pregnant was among five people killed Thursday in four separate vehicle crashes on Twin Cities roadways.

The woman's unborn child also died.

Here are the crashes:

  • In Minneapolis at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, police say an SUV was traveling south on northbound one-way Newton Avenue when it struck a parked vehicle, then rammed into a minivan and several other cars.  A pregnant woman was in the minivan and died before she could be removed from the wreckage.  Police say narcotics use and high speed may have contributed to the crash.  Two people in the wrong-way SUV were taken into custody.
  • In St. Paul at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, a car that turned onto Lower Afton Road from Morningside crashed head-on into an oncoming car.  An 18-year-old woman from one of the vehicles was ejected and died at the scene.  Three others hurt in the crash are hospitalized in critical condition.  Police are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.  There are no arrests.
  • In Rosemount at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, a man and a woman from South St. Paul were killed in a chain-reaction crash on Highway 55 and Doyle Path.  A semi-trailer and a dump truck were reportedly involved in the crash.
  • In St. Paul at around 12:25 p.m. on Thursday, a car on Highway 52 near Plato Boulevard was merging into another lane when it rear-ended another car, causing a chain reaction into two other cars.  A passenger in the second car was killed and five other people were hurt. Police say the 33-year-old man who died was not wearing a seat belt.


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