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MN State Patrol: Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Crash On I-394 In Minnetonka, Alcohol Involved

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- An investigation is underway Friday morning after a fatal wrong-way crash involving alcohol in Minnetonka.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 394.

A motorist in a Jeep Wrangler entered the wrong way onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 394 from 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis, the patrol said, and continued west.

The motorist later struck another motorist in a Chrysler Sebring that was traveling eastbound near Plymouth Road. The driver of the Chrysler, a 30-year-old Melrose man, was killed in the crash.

The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the man as Alexander Caraveo.

The passenger in the Chrysler, a 21-year-old woman, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Hennepin Healthcare.

The driver of the Jeep, a 20-year-old St. Anthony man, also suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to North Memorial.

The state patrol says alcohol was involved with the driver of the Jeep.

WCCO's Jason DeRusha said he was driving into work when he had to swerve to avoid the vehicle.

The highway was closed in the area near the Ridgedale Mall while the crash is investigated. It was reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

This is a developing story, so check back for more.

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