Image from Sky 11
Image from MnDOT camera
BURNSVILLE, Minn. - A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl are dead after what the State Patrol believes is another accident caused by teenagers' distracted driving.
The Minnesota State Patrol says Frederick Alexander, 16, of Burnsville, and Alesha Roehl, 17, of Northfield, died from injuries.
The State Patrol originally listed Roehl in critical condition, she later died at the hospital.
The accident happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near County Road 46 at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol said on his twitter account that Alexander and Roehl were ejected from the car, which had five occupants. Roeske says the Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on a frontage road along I-35 near Buck Hill when it lost control and rolled onto the interstate.
The State Patrol's website said a 17-year-old Lakeville boy was driving. He and two other passengers suffered minor injuries. The State Patrol originally listed the driver in serious condition.
Friends told KARE 11's Rena Sarigianopoulos the whole group of kids went to Lakeville South High School.
MnDOT traffic cameras showed a medical helicopter arrived on the scene at approximately 2:50 p.m. and leaving less than ten minutes later.
Southbound traffic was shut down for more than 30 minutes before being opened to one lane just after 3 p.m.
Images from Sky 11 showed traffic backed up north of the I-35W/I-35-E spilt in Burnsville.
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