Two out-of-state vehicles collided near an intersection southeast of the Twin Cities, killing three people, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 11:45 a.m. Saturday on County Road 18 near Church Road in Welch Township, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have not said what caused the crash or identified the victims.
All three who were killed were passengers, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but there was no immediate word on which vehicle they were riding in. Both drivers were injured, the Sheriff’s Office said.
KSTP-TV said family members confirmed the three people who died were Stacy Lande, 47, Zachary Johnson, 8, and Taylor Johnson, 5. Lande was the children’s grandmother, the station said.
One vehicle was from Wisconsin. A man who was driving the car was pinned inside immediately after the collision, but he was alert, according to emergency audio.
The other vehicle was an SUV from South Dakota. A female who was driving was “out of the car” walking around, the dispatch audio said.
In a separate crash hours later north of the Twin Cities, an SUV rolled on Interstate 35 in Chisago County, killing the driver and injuring his passenger, the State Patrol said. The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. in Lent Township, just north of Stacy.
The SUV was going south on I-35 when it drifted to the left, the patrol said. The driver overcorrected, went into the right-side ditch and rolled, throwing the two people inside from the vehicle, according to the patrol. Neither had on seat belts.
The driver, 24-year-old Iman N. Abdullah of Superior, Wis., was killed. Passenger Janae M. Lowe-Banks, 21, of St. Paul, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with noncritical injuries.