Two Killed After Semi Truck’s Tire Hits SUV on Minnesota Freeway
The State Patrol responded to the deadly incident near the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon. It happened at the interchange of I-94 and Hwy. 241 in St. Michael.
The report indicates a westbound semi truck on I-94 lost two tires shortly before 5 p.m. One of the tires entered the eastbound lanes of the interstate where it struck an SUV that was transporting four people.
The driver of the SUV, identified as 44-year-old Viengkhone Nguyen of Brooklyn Park, and a passenger, identified as 43-year-old Lea Khamphachanh of St. Cloud, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other passengers in the SUV, identified as 28-year-old Tiana Kanlaya Deppa of Rice, MN and 45-year-old Pane Eisenschenk, were brought to a Minneapolis hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The report identifies the truck driver as 37-year-old Khadar Abdullahi Hawadle of Savage. He escaped the deadly incident without injuries.
The report indicates everyone involved was buckled up and that alcohol was not a factor in causing the crash, the report says. The freeway was closed for approximately six hours Saturday evening.
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