3 killed in crashes on Minnesota roads

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2011 - 10:06 AM

The deadly accidents occurred in Anoka, Pine and St. Louis counties Friday night and Saturday morning.

Three people died Friday night or Saturday morning in crashes on Minnesota roads, the State Patrol said Saturday.

Heavy fog probably played a role in a crash early Saturday in Anoka County that killed a Blaine man, the patrol said. Arlin D. Landmark, 57, died about 5:15 a.m. when the northbound pickup truck he was riding in on Hwy. 65 was hit by a westbound pickup that went through a stop sign on 221st Avenue NE. in East Bethel.

The driver of the vehicle Landmark was in, Arnold D. Iliff, 60, of Ramsey, had minor injuries. The other pickup's driver, Robert M. Foster, 29, of Bethel, had no apparent injuries. All three were wearing seat belts and no alcohol was involved, said patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske.

Penny Magnuson, 42, of Kerrick, Minn., was killed just after 10:30 p.m. Friday when she swerved into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 23 in Pine County and hit a semitrailer truck, Roeske said.

Her car was pulled under the truck's trailer, and both went into a ditch. Magnuson had three children in her car who suffered noncritical injuries. The truck driver, Karl Hansen, 55, of Duluth, was not injured.

An 89-year-old man from Saginaw, Minn., was killed just after 10 p.m. Friday when his car strayed across the center line and struck an oncoming car head-on on Hwy. 2 in St. Louis County. Elden G. Adams died in the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, Charles C. Landman, 46, also of Saginaw, suffered noncritical injuries.

Both men were wearing seat belts and showed no signs of alcohol use, Roeske said.

Jim Adams • 952-707-9996

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