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Lake Elmo, MN (KROC-AM News) - A young child was critically injured in a high-speed rear-end crash in Washington County Saturday evening.

The State Patrol says 5-year-old Morgan Rae Peterson of St. Paul was a passenger in a car that had stalled in the left traffic lane of eastbound Highway 36 in Lake Elmo when an SUV crashed into the back of the car at highway speeds. The child was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what the State Patrol described as life-threatening injuries.

Three other people were also transported to the hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries, including 10-year-old Mason Ries of St. Paul. The State Patrol says he was also a passenger in the stalled car, which was driven by 43-year-old Christopher Scott Peterson of St. Paul.

The driver of the SUV also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Dean Alexander of St. Paul.


The State Patrol says it's currently unknown if alcohol contributed to the crash, which was reported shortly before 9 PM. The critically injured child was using a seatbelt along with the driver of the SUV, but the State Patrol says the driver of the stalled car and the 10-year-old passenger were not.

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