A semitrailer truck collided with a car in southeastern Minnesota, leaving two people in the smaller vehicle dead, authorities said.
The fiery collision occurred about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 14 near County Road 3 in Claremont, according to the State Patrol.
Killed were a 57-year-old man who was driving and a 52-year-old woman, the patrol said. Both were from New Richland, Minn.
Their identities were expected to be released Thursday night.
The semi’s driver, 75-year-old Merritt L. Davis, of Cleveland, Minn., was taken to a hospital in Rochester with noncritical injuries.
Davis’ truck “went in the north ditch, where it caught fire and was a total loss,” patrol Sgt. Troy Christianson said.