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Authorities locate driver involved in hit-and-run crash that injured 5 near Duluth

Jun 28, 2020 06:14AM ● By Editor
Authorities in St. Louis County say this truck was involved in a hit-and-run crash that left five people injured, one critically, on Friday, west of Duluth.  PhotoL Courtesy St. Louis County Sheriff's Office

From Minnesota Public Radio News - June 27, 2020

Authorities in St. Louis County say they've located a driver who allegedly fled the scene of a crash that left five people injured, one critically.

After publicizing the case on Saturday evening, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported early Sunday that it received "credible tips" about the location of the suspect vehicle. 

"While deputies were investigating these tips, the suspect contacted us directly wishing to turn himself in," the sheriff's office said. The 35-year-old Two Harbors man was arrested and is being held in the St. Louis County Jail.

According to the sheriff's office:

A car with four occupants was stopped on Midway Road west of Duluth, waiting to make a left turn, when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck just after 4:45 p.m. Friday.

The car was forced into oncoming traffic, and was hit by a full-size pickup truck towing an 18-foot trailer. The car and full-size truck ended up in the ditch, while the pickup that caused the crash fled north on Midway Road.

"Witnesses were unable to keep up with the suspect and lost sight of the vehicle," the sheriff's office reported Saturday.

Five people were transported to hospitals, with one person in critical condition as of early Sunday.

Surveillance video from along Midway Road allowed authorities to identify a suspect vehicle with obvious front-end damage.

To read the original story and see related reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.

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