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Five die over weekend in car crashes statewide

Nasty weather last week contributed to a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported Sunday that five people died in crashes over the weekend.

Terry Wiederich, 49, of Gary, S.D., was driving a 2005 Ford F350 pickup north on the Highway 71/23 Bypass at around 3:15 p.m. when it lost control, went off the road, rolled and came to rest in the left median. Widerich died.

A passenger, Susan Wiederich, 55, of Gary, was not injured.

The highway was closed for several hours and traffic was diverted while emergency personnel were at the scene of the accident.

The State Patrol said the road was icy at the time of the crash.

The other fatalities reported on state roads over the weekend included a mother and her young son who were killed in a two-vehicle accident around 2 p.m.. Saturday in Carver County. The woman's husband and another young son were seriously injured.

Angelica Salas, 29, and Jorge E. Salas, 6, were passengers in a 2003 Pontiac Aztek that was going east on U.S. Highway 212 when it lost control on the icy road and was struck by a 1999 Ford Ranger, driven by Matthew Radde, 33, of Excelsior.

The driver of the Aztek, Jorge Salas, 29, of Lester Prairie, and another passenger Omar Salas, 4, suffered serious injuries.

Patrick Thomes, 47, of Clearwater was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 94 at around 3 p.m. Saturday in Stearns County. The road was icy at the time of the crash.

Around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Megan Hinchliff, 24, of St. Michael, was killed in a three-vehicle accident on I-94 at the Crow River Bridge in Hennepin County. The State Patrol said the road was icy.

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