Highway 62 crash leaves Colorado man dead; State Patrol squad, firetruck damaged in separate crash

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UPDATE: Authorities say they’re now investigating a fatal crash on Highway 62 in Minneapolis.

According to an incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevy Silverado hauling a trailer was headed east on the highway when it entered a ditch and then collided with the underpart of the bridge at 34th Avenue.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says the driver and passenger were extricated out of the vehicle. The driver, identified by the State Patrol as 34-year-old Brian Cravey of Wills Point, Texas, was taken to an area hospital for life-threatening injuries. Fire officials say he is in critical condition.

The passenger, 21-year-old Preston Rhyn Haley of Como, Colorado, died at the scene, fire officials say.

In addition, the incident report states alcohol was involved.

A firetruck and a State Patrol squad vehicle also collided to an area west of the crash.

The Minnesota State Patrol said that crash happened in the westbound lanes of Highway 62 at 34th Avenue.

Both the trooper and the driver of the fire truck sustained minor injuries, the State Patrol says. Emergency lights were reportedly activated for both vehicles when the crash happened.

According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, one of its ladder trucks was trying to turn around at a turnabout for emergency vehicles and became involved in an accident with the trooper. The ladder truck had to be towed from the scene.

The highway was fully closed in both directions between 28th and 34th avenues while the crashes were being investigated. The closure was expected to be in place until at least 7 a.m., but the Minnesota Department of Transportation pushed that back twice – first to 8 a.m. and now 9 a.m.

As of 9 a.m., MnDOT said eastbound 62 was still closed between North Cedar and 34th avenues, and was expected to be closed until 10 a.m. That was later moved to 11:30 a.m.

Check back for updates.

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INITIAL REPORT: A crash has caused a full closure of Highway 62 Monday morning just north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS photographer found a badly damaged law enforcement vehicle.

Anyone with plans to go to the airport should instead use Highway 494 instead.

No word on any potential injuries.

Check back for updates.