A pickup truck driven by someone who had been drinking strayed into the wrong lane late at night west of the Twin Cities, killing two people in a car heading the other way, authorities said Wednesday.
The wreck occurred about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday east of Litchfield on Hwy. 24, according to the State Patrol.
Killed were two people in a car: driver Travis J. Monson, 19, of Watkins, Minn., and Zachary R. Rohrbeck, 16, also of Watkins, the patrol said.
Another person in the car, Kathleen J. Prestidge, 16, of Montrose, Minn., suffered noncritical injuries.
The pickup’s driver, Benjamin L. Tate, 27, of Paynesville, Minn., was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital and was expected to survive.
The patrol said in a statement that alcohol use by Tate is “believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.”
Tate was heading south on Hwy. 24 at 277th Street, when his pickup apparently “crossed the centerline or lost control” and hit the northbound car, according to the patrol.
Tate has numerous convictions on his driving record in Minnesota, including two for speeding, two for driving after his license was revoked and four for seat belt violations. He also has several convictions for underage liquor offenses.