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Deadly crash closes stretch of Highway 169 Monday afternoon in Brooklyn Park

2 killed in Brooklyn Park crash Monday afternoon
2 killed in Brooklyn Park crash Monday afternoon 00:21

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — A fatal crash closed a stretch of Highway 169 Monday afternoon in the north metro.

Brooklyn Park police say it happened at about 11:30 a.m. at the highway's intersection with 109th Avenue North.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Honda Pilot, Jeep Liberty and Chevy Silverado were northbound on Highway 169, approaching 109th Avenue as traffic was slowing to a stop. The Chevy rear-ended the Jeep, which then rear-ended the Honda.

Police say the "vehicles involved were fully engulfed in flames which led to the death of occupants of one of the vehicles."

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The driver of the Chevy, a 55-year-old Maple Grove man, had injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver and a passenger in the Jeep died from their injuries.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The highway's northbound lanes between North 101st and 109th avenues are expected to be closed for hours, and authorities are asking motorists to avoid the area.

The Minnesota State Patrol is leading the investigation.

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