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4 victims identified in wrong-way crash on I-35 in Richfield

According to the state patrol, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Credit: MnDOT
MnDOT Traffic Management Camera shot of Saturday night's crash on Interstate 35W in Richfield

RICHFIELD, Minn. — Four people died and another person suffered serious injuries in a wrong-way crash Saturday night on Interstate 35W in Richfield.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a Nissan Murano SUV was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-35W near 66th Street when it collided with a northbound GMC Terrain SUV just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

The state patrol accident report said three of the four people in the GMC died at the scene. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the victims were the driver, Briana Marisa Vazquez, 25, of Sioux Falls; passenger Hassan Aquil Abdul-Malik, 28, of Sioux Falls; and passenger Tyler Joseph Fried, 27, of Lakeville.

A fourth person was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with "life-threatening injuries." The state patrol identified that person as Alaura Danielle Fried, 25, of Lakeville.

The state patrol said the driver and sole occupant of the Murano, a 21-year-old St. Paul man, died at the scene. He was identified by the state patrol as Alfredo Torres, 21, of St. Paul.

According to the state patrol, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


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