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Minnetrista, MN (KROC-AM News) - The State Patrol has released the names of the two people who perished Friday in the collision involving a small SUV and a semi-truck.

The Patrol's final report on the tragic incident indicates 40-year-old Darren James Tomber of Watertown was driving the SUV east on Highway 7 near Minnetrista around 10:30 a.m. when the vehicle crossed over the center median and into the path of the westbound semi-truck. Both vehicles ended up in the South ditch and the photos taken at the crash site appeared to show the SUV pinned under the truck.

The State Patrol says Tombers and his passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as 30-year-old Shawna Marie Jacobson of Brooten.

The 39-year-old Winnipeg man driving the semi-truck was not hurt.

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Northome, MN (KROC-AM News) - Another fatal crash was reported Saturday morning in Itasca County.

The State Patrol says a man and woman from Michigan were in an SUV that went off a roadway and struck a driveway approach before going airborne and smashing into several trees. The crash was reported around 5:30 AM on Highway 46 near Island Lake, just south of Northome and about 35 miles northeast of Bemidji.

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The State Patrol says the driver of the SUV was transported to a Duluth hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was identified as 32-year-old Bobbie Desmarais of Lake Orion.

Her passenger, 37-year-old Bryan Cocinelli of Lake Orion, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The State Patrol report notes that he was not using a seatbelt.

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