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Two killed, two injured in collision near International Falls

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Bemidji Pioneer
Two killed, two injured in collision near International Falls
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. -- Two people from International Falls died and two Illinois residents were injured in a head-on crash Thursday on U.S. Highway 53 in northern St. Louis County.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a Ford pickup was traveling north on Highway 53 about 7:45 a.m., about 25 miles south of International Falls, when it crossed the center line and struck a southbound Pontiac Grand Am.

Both occupants of the Grand Am — the 24-year-old man driving and a 23-year-old woman passenger, both from International Falls — died at the scene, the patrol reported. Their names had not yet been released Thursday.

The driver of the pickup, Burton Pinchuk, 68, of Naperville, Ill., and a passenger, Glen Wegworth, 69, of McHenry, Ill., were transported to Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, then flown to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

Pinchuk was taken from the scene in critical condition, the Patrol reported. Wegworth’s injuries were classified as non-life-threatening. Both men were wearing seat belts.

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