By John Lauritsen

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Cloud police are trying to find out what caused a deadly crash that killed a man and two children.

Police say the car was found around 2 a.m. Monday in the Sauk River — off County Road 75. They say alcohol appears to have been involved in the crash.

The car was carrying five people when it plunged into the Sauk River, landing upside down. According to the St. Cloud Police Department, the car was found under a bridge on the 7000 block of County Road 75 when a Stearns County deputy noticed a road sign down near the bridge.

“I feel that I’m really lucky that I got found in time,” said Lau Truong, one of the crash survivors.

Truong said he doesn’t remember leaving a party with his best friend, 21-year-old Lam Le, and three other people. He doesn’t remember the car losing control on County Road 75 — he only remembers waking up trapped in the middle of the Sauk River.

“I woke up and I was in the car, surrounded by water. I tried to get out but I couldn’t get out,” Truong said.

He and a 33-year-old man from St. Cloud were saved when a sheriff’s deputy saw the sign knocked down and went to investigate. Upon further inspection, the deputy saw the top of the car in the Sauk River below.

“There was only like one small spot for me to breathe, then there wasn’t enough oxygen so I passed out,” Truong said.

Emergency responders couldn’t save a 5-year-old boy or his 13-year-old sister, who would’ve turned 14 next week. Le, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

They were all at a family party and Le was giving them a ride home.

“When he’s drunk, he doesn’t admit that he’s drunk so he doesn’t let anyone drive his car,” Truong said. “He drove us home.”

That makes it even harder for Le’s aunt to make sense of this tragic story, as she prayed for the victims’ souls near the crash site.

“I feel bad now because her son’s gone and my nephew is gone, too,” Trinh Le said.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Comments (12)
  1. Jay says:

    What has your rant got to do with the deaths of these individuals?? Were your intentions to comment on a different story, or, did you feel placing your comment here so anyone wishing the families sympathy would have to read your misplaced, mistyped rant? You NEED spell check badly!

  2. JKB says:

    To the families my sincere sympathy for your loss. Tragic is all anyone can say.

  3. Peggy says:

    The tragedy is the senseless deaths of innocent children because no adult had the guts or common sense to stop the drunk from driving. It would be bad enough to not intervene when he got behind the wheel, but to allow him to drive off with children in the vehicle??!?!?!?

    1. HD says:

      Did you not read the article? It states that the driver does not admit it when he is drunk, therefore, no one really knew he was drunk. Yes, these are senseless deaths, but they deaths nonetheless and is quite the tragedy. Please show some respect for the families.

  4. JMS says:

    My prayers go out to those who died and their families. What a horrible and sad tragedy. May God bless them.

  5. HUH!? says:

    your a moron.. seriously go away

  6. Rana says:

    This makes me sick.

  7. Shana says:

    Bob, you are an idiot. I am sure people other than Asians drive drunk and get killed (assuming tha’s what happened).

  8. LynCho says:

    Very disrespectful Bob. They should ship out people like you

  9. Dee says:

    These people. . . they were related to me. How can this happen to my cousins? They’re both dead now because of ‘Them.’

  10. Amanda says:

    lam was the drivers name and he was meh buddeh and so he died from u turning since he went the wrong way to go to minnesota to celbrate july 4th and so i died when he it the sign

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