MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A head-on collision in Long Lake killed two people Monday night and closed Highway 12 as authorities investigate the accident, Orono police said.

Police said the accident happened shortly after 8 p.m. and killed a man and a woman who were traveling together. Another man driving a pick-up truck was also injured in the collision; he was taken, by helicopter, to North Memorial Medical Center.

Police said the he suffered serious injuries and that he is a 54-year-old man from Maple Plaine.

What caused the accident is unknown, and the identities of the victims have not yet been released.

The State Patrol is working to reconstruct the accident and Highway 12 will remain closed as they conduct the investigation.

Comments (2)
  1. Should not have happened says:

    We live on the old 12 and went over there after the Air ambulance went over.

    First of all my prayers are going out to the families.

    I watched in awe as they built this death trap, moving the RR tracks, digging, filling in, and digging again. I imagine hundreds of thousands if not millions were spent, and they built a 2 lane road! Had they moved the tracks another 10 feet there would have been room for 4 lanes, but as it stands there would have been room for at least a divided 2 lane. Then the build a wall on the right side, with not enough shoulder on either side for someone to safely stop and get out,

    My theory on this one is the driver drifted off on the should, hit the sleeper bars (not the bumps, but the deep wells) and over corrected, but that remains to be seen.

    I told my wife the day i opened there will be a fatal crash within 6 months, and more after that. When they came home from the west about 3 months later there was the first one, if I remember right this is the 3rd one.

    Your tax dollars hard at work, If someon with a brain had designed this none of this would have happened. Thanks to the Long Lake city council, as I understand they had a hand in making it 2 lane, and thanks to the others involved in this project for not taking a stand.

    Real thanks to the police, fire, AA pilots and support staff, ambulance drivers, other emergency personel, tow truck drivers for doing a great job under all circumstances, we appreciate all you do to keep us safe and do what you can when we are not.

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