State Police have investigated two separate fatal accidents in the past few days that could result in charges. In the first of those accident, two people died: a 28-year-old man and a 42-year-old man.

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One driver was traveling southbound on U.S. 13  just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 23. His vehicle was struck by a northbound Ford Taurus that had left the road, crossed the median and exited onto the southbound lanes,  police said in a news release. One of the men who died was a passenger in the Taurus, according to police.

The driver of the Ford Taurus was transported by EMS to a regional medical center, where he was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. “Upon his release he will be charged with two counts of Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, Inattentive Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane, and a Seatbelt Violation,” State Police said. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating and the highway was closed for about three hours as officers cleared the wreckage and collected data.

Alcohol Considered a Factor

The second fatal car crash happened in Bear, at 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day.  The State Police reported that  a box truck was moving west. “For an unknown reason, the box truck drifted off of the roadway and partially onto the right hand shoulder where its right front struck the left rear of a 2010 Kenworth tractor and trailer which was legally parked and unoccupied on the shoulder,” the State Patrol said in a news/Facebook page. The driver of the box truck survived the crash. But a passenger did not. The two men were trapped in the vehicle and had to be rescued by emergency workers. They were taken to the hospital, where the passenger died.

Drinking and Driving
Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths. These drivers had blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08%. This is the illegal blood alcohol concentration level for adult drivers in Minnesota and many other states in the U.S.

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