Two people died and two others were seriously injured after a dump truck collided with an ambulance in Itasca County on Tuesday morning. The crash happened at the same intersection where DNR conservation officer Sarah Grell was killed in a crash with a semi-truck last month. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a dump truck struck the ambulance on the passenger side at the intersection of County Roads 336 and 57 in Lawrence Township. A 17-year-old patient, Joseph Latimer of Grand Rapids, and EMS worker Troy Boettcher (51) of Warba, both died in the crash. The ambulance driver, Kimberly Hake (28) of Cohasset, suffered life-threatening injuries. The dump truck driver, Jeffrey Ekholm (67) of Nashwauk, was also seriously injured.

Minnesota State Representative Jeffrey Igo says Itasca County’s road and bridge division started looking into the intersection after the crash that killed Grell. Igo told WDIO News, “It’s clear that safety at this intersection must be improved and I am committed to working with MnDOT and local officials to make sure that significant changes are made in the near future to prevent further accidents at this location.”

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