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Arden Hills, MN (KROC-AM News) - The State Patrol is indicating alcohol was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on a Twin Cities freeway this morning that killed at least one person.

The crash was reported around 8:45 AM on westbound I-694 at the Snelling Avenue interchange in Arden Hills. The State Patrol says a car, minivan, and a semi-truck were involved.


The preliminary investigation indicates the minivan was traveling west on I-694 when it swerved from the right lane over to the left shoulder and then spun out just as the car was entering the freeway from Snelling Avenue. The State Patrol says the minivan then went through the ditch and collided with the westbound car.

That collision sent the car sideways onto the left lane of I-694 and into the path of the semi-truck, which hit the driver's side of the smaller vehicle.

The occupants of the car were a 76-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman from New Brighton. The State Patrol has not released their names, which raises the possibility that both were fatally injured.

The driver of the minivan has been identified as 31-year-old Luis Tipantuna of Minneapolis. He was transported to Regions Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol report on him lists alcohol involvement.


The driver of the semi-truck was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was identified as 68-year-old Steve Silva of Washington state.

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Minnesota's license plates have certainly gone through many evolutions. The first "license plate" was actually a rectangular black leather automobile license tag with a brass number '1' on the center front. It was issued by the State Boiler Inspector in the State of Minnesota in 1903.

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