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2 dead after snowmobile crash in Isanti County

The Isanti County Sheriff's Office says a man and a woman died after their snowmobile hit a tree Sunday near Lake Francis in Bradford Township.
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CAMBRIDGE, Minnesota — The Isanti County Sheriff's Office says a second person has died following a New Year's Day snowmobile accident in Bradford Township.

Faith Nelson, 21, suffered life-threatening injuries in the Jan. 1 crash and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where she later died. The driver, Hunter Melander, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to reports of a snowmobile crash at 12:50 a.m. on the 2500 block of Paradise Trail NW. 

"Preliminary investigation indicates that the two went out onto Lake Francis for a brief ride on the snowmobile. Upon exiting the lake, the male driver struck a tree," according to information released by the sheriff.

A statement released Tuesday said preliminary information also indicates that "speed and impairment" possibly contributed to the crash.

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