Fiery rollover crash in Cottage Grove leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
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UPDATE 9:45 a.m. – Police say one person has died following a fiery overnight rollover crash in Cottage Grove.
According to Cottage Grove police, first responders were called to the 8400 block of East Point Douglas Road just after 1 a.m. Friday for a report of a crash. When crews arrived, they found an overturned vehicle that was on fire, and was against a tree.
After putting the flames out, police say firefighters found the driver, identified as a 27-year-old St. Louis Park man, dead inside of the vehicle. His name is expected to be released later on Friday. In addition, a 33-year-old Cottage Grove man was found outside of the vehicle. He was taken to Woodwinds Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Although the cause of the crash is still being investigated, police say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors. According to police, the vehicle was headed south on East Point Douglas Road and missed a curve, where it then hit a tree.
A previous version of this report can be found below.
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INITIAL REPORT 6:15 a.m. – An overnight crash in Cottage Grove is being investigated after a vehicle rolled over on the highway.
No details have been released by law enforcement as of this publishing.
However, traffic management cameras near Highway 61 and Jamaica Avenue South showed first responders in the area just after 2 a.m. Friday.
A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS photographer who went to the scene saw the vehicle ended up under part of a tree, with some smoke coming out of the vehicle.
No word on any injuries.
Check back for updates.