MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two people sustained life-threatening injuries in a multi-vehicle crash in the south metro Friday night.

The crash involved five drivers total and began when 16-year-old Kole Krause of Farmington spun out in his pickup truck on Interstate 35W southbound at 98th Street in Bloomington around 11:30 p.m.

A BMW driven by 44-year-old Jose Tizcareno struck the truck, leaving both vehicles blocking the middle lane.

Thirty-one-year-old Kyle Farness stopped to help Krause. He was standing on the highway when another driver, 57-year-old Khamphao Phonekeo, slowed and was struck by a fourth driver, 44-year-old Michael Martinez, in a 2012 Buick Regal. The Buick hit the median and struck Krause and Farness.

Krause and Farness were both taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Tizcareno and Phonekeo were not injured. Martinez sustained non-life threatening injuries.

State Patrol said Martinez may have been under the influence of alcohol. Poor road conditions also contributed to the crash.


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