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2 Killed, 2 Seriously Hurt In Crash Near Rochester ID’d

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO) – Two people were killed and two were critically injured after a head-on car crash near Rochester early Friday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The incident happened at about 2:38 a.m. Friday on Highway 14, four miles west of Rochester in Olmsted County.

Authorities said a 2000 Mercury Cougar was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Highway 14 when it struck a 1993 Mazda Protégé head-on in the westbound lane.

According to the State Patrol, 22-year-old Emery Van Hook of Kasson, Minn. and 18-year-old Tyler Hoff of Mazeppa, Minn. were killed in the crash. Van Hook was the driver of the Mazda while Hoff was the passenger. Another passenger, 18-year-old Alexander Korbi of Mesa, Ariz., is in critical condition.

The driver of the wrong-way car has been identified as 23-year-old Sondra Dewerd of Rochester. She is in critical condition.

The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.


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