MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A deadly car crash in Minneapolis shut down a section of University Avenue NE on Saturday morning.
Two people died and another three were injured when a vehicle somehow lost control and crashed into a tree. It happened near the intersection of University and 37th Avenue Northeast at around 2:30 a.m.READ MORE: Clean Car Debate At Minnesota Capitol May Lead To Summer Closures Of State Parks, Trails
Minneapolis police say 26-year-old Shannasey Marie O’Rourke, of Minneapolis, died at the scene. She was a passenger in the front seat. The driver, 30-year-old Paul Samuel Buchanan, died on the way to the hospital.
The three passengers in the backseat were all taken to HCMC after a neighbor heard the crash and called for help.
Ron Kelly was letting his dogs outside Saturday morning when he heard a crash.
“It was just like a loud crunch like metal hitting something solid,” said Ron Kelly, who called 911.
He heard the impact of a driver hitting a fence and nearby tree after losing control on University Avenue NE. But, due to the early morning darkness he didn’t know the extent of the damage.READ MORE: Marietta's Salt Lake Is A Paradise For Birds And Bird Watchers
“I couldn’t see nothing so I didn’t think nothing of it,” Kelly said.
Within seconds he heard the calls for help. Ron grabbed his phone and ran towards the wreckage.
“The people I did see were saying, help get me out of here. I said, I can’t move you. I don’t want to move you,” Kelly said.
His call to 911 brought first responders who took three people to HCMC. The other two couldn’t be saved.
“Hopefully, it made a little difference helping the other three,” Kelly said.
One person is in satisfactory condition and police say all three are expected to survive.MORE NEWS: COVID In MN: Gov. Walz To Announce On Thursday His Timeline To End All Restrictions
Police have not said if alcohol is involved. The crash remains under investigation.