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Fridley, MN (KROC AM News) -  The recent rash of deadly traffic wrecks in Minnesota continues.

A man was fatally injured in a violent crash after his speeding car was literally  “cut in half” after slamming into a traffic light pole in Fridley.

The State Patrol says the wreck happened around 10:00 pm Monday. After hitting the pole, the vehicle hit a car that was stopped for a red light.

The driver of the speeding car was identified as 29-year-old Alex Tuerk of Spooner, Wisconsin. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The other driver was identified as 25-year-old Abdirahman Liban of Minneapolis. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
There was another fatal accident in the north metro Saturday.


The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office reported a passenger vehicle and pickup truck were involved in a head-on collision in Andover. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed. He has been identified as 34-year-old Donald Richardson of Ham Lake. A passenger in his vehicle later died of her injuries. She has been identified as 23-year-old Melissa Iverson of Anoka. A four-year-old male who was in the vehicle was still in critical condition Monday afternoon. The 56-year-old man driving the pickup truck and a 56-year-old female who was a passenger were in serious but stable condition Monday.

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