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5 die when a speeding driver runs a red light and slams into them in Minneapolis, police say

Jun 17, 2023, 7:51 AM | Updated: 12:28 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people were killed when a driver ran a red light and slammed into their vehicle in Minneapolis after a state trooper spotted him speeding, authorities say.

The driver was on Interstate 35 when the trooper first encountered him around 10 p.m. Friday, Minneapolis police said in a statement. The driver exited the highway before the trooper could initiate a traffic stop and crashed into another vehicle with four women and a girl inside, police said. All five were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the motorist then ran from the crash scene. Officers searched the area before taking a suspect into custody. He was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Police haven’t released his name or the names of the victims. A homicide team is investigating.

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This story has been corrected to show that a trooper, not police, first encountered the driver and that police are not classifying it as a pursuit.

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5 die when a speeding driver runs a red light and slams into them in Minneapolis, police say