UPDATE: 2 killed in northern Minnesota crash identified, driver hospitalized for critical injuries

UPDATE: The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the two people killed in a crash early Saturday morning.

Joseph David Trowbridge, from Woodbury, and Madison Joy Warren, from Oakdale, both 23 years old, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The two deceased were passengers in the same vehicle when it crashed on Highway 8 near Floodwood around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities say the driver, Darren Andrew Tenney, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was reportedly in stable condition as of Saturday night.

Investigators say alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors in the crash but did not elaborate further.

PREVIOUS STORY: Two people were killed and one person was seriously hurt in a crash Saturday morning in Floodwood, which is about 50 minutes west of Duluth.

According to a news release from St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the crash around 2:45 a.m. Saturday on the 11500 block of Highway 8 after an automated phone call came through stating that the owner had been in a severe crash.

Deputies found two occupants of the vehicle, both 23 years old, dead at the scene. The driver, also 23, was trapped inside the vehicle in critical condition.

The driver was airlifted to the hospital, where he is in stable condition, authorities said.

Law enforcement is still investigating the crash, but say alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors.

The names of those involved are being withheld pending notification of family.