Wrong-way crash on Twin Cities interstate kills 4, injures 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrong-way crash on a Twin Cities interstate late Saturday killed four people, including two from South Dakota, and injured one, authorities said Sunday.

The head-on collision occurred about 9:55 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 35W at 66th Street in Richfield, the State Patrol said.

The Star Tribune reported that the crash is the state’s deadliest since Aug. 2, 2019, when six people were killed on Interstate 90 east of Rochester in what also involved a wrong-way driver.

Saturday's crash happened when a Nissan Murano traveling south on northbound I-35W collided with a GMC Terrain.

“Troopers are completing a thorough investigation and crash reconstruction as part of this incident,” Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said late Sunday morning, “which should be able to provide answers ... once the investigation is closed.”

The wrong-way driver, Alfredo Torres, 21, of St. Paul was killed, according to the patrol.

Dead in the Terrain were the driver, Briana Vazquez, 25, of Watertown, South Dakota; and passengers Hassan Abdulmalik, 28, of Bloomington, and Tyler Fried, 27, of Vermillion, South Dakota.

A third passenger in the Terrain, Alaura Fried, 25, of Lakeville, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.