Deadly crash under investigation in Fridley

Authorities are investigating a fatal crash Saturday afternoon in Fridley.

According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened on the 5300 block of University Avenue Northeast — just south of Interstate 694 — at about 12:30 p.m.

An initial investigation indicates that two SUVs were traveling northbound on University when the first, a 2021 Subaru Forester, swerved right and clipped the Nissan Lief in front of it, then went off the road and hit a metal sign pole, according to the State Patrol.

The man driving the first SUV was pronounced dead at the scene and the second driver, a 66-year-old woman, had minor injuries, Fridley police and the State Patrol said.

Northbound lanes of University Avenue are closed between 53rd Avenue and I-694 while crews work to clear the scene.

Fridley police, State Patrol, Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.

No further information is available at this time.