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Pileup kills cab driver, closes Interstate 494 in the Twin Cities

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a driver who ran out of gas triggered a seven-vehicle interstate pileup which killed a cab driver.

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The patrol says a tanker truck and six other vehicles crashed Monday during the morning commute on Interstate 494 in the Twin Cities metro.

Authorities say a minivan that ran out of gas came to a stop in the right lane of the interstate. That caused three other vehicles in the right lane to crash. A taxicab swerved into the middle lane, sideswiped a vehicle and then was struck by the truck.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske tells the Star Tribune there's no reason to run out of fuel because there's a gas station every block or two in Bloomington.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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