VIRGINIA — Two accidents on Highway 53 on Sunday sent three people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A third crash, on Highway 169, claimed the lives of two teens.

The first occurred around 11:34 a.m. on Highway 53 at County Road 103 near Wuori Township. A 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix was driving northbound on Highway 53 when a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner heading south failed to yield when attempting to turn on County Road 103. The vehicles met in the intersection.

Darrell Arthur Olstad, 71, of Virginia, was driving the 4-Runner and was transferred to St. Mary’s Essentia in Duluth. A 23-year-old from Cook and a 22-year-old from Fairbanks, Alaska were not injured.

Road conditions were dry, alcohol was not involved and everyone was wearing a seatbelt. The Minnesota State Patrol, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department and North Ambulance responded to the incident.

A few hours later at 2:15 p.m., a second accident occurred at Highway 43 and Highway 135 in Virginia. A 2018 Ford Escape carrying 82-year-old driver George Peter Briski and 80-year-old passenger Barbara Elma Briski, both of Virginia, was traveling south on Highway 53 approaching Highway 135. Road conditions were wet when a 1999 Audi A4 was also traveling south in the same lane and made contact with the rear end of the escape.

The Briskis were transported to Essentia Health Virginia with non-life threatening injuries. They were wearing their seat belt.

Brent Joseph Fre Borash, 28, of Coon Rapids, was the driver of the Audi. He reported no injury and was wearing a seat belt. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, however, alcohol was involved.

Car crash claims two teen lives

Two male teenagers were killed in a crash on Highway 169 over the weekend in Nashwauk after a collision between a car and a camper.

The Minnesota State Patrol said in press release that Trent Casey Salminen, 13, of Hibbing, and Aiden Patrick Hall, 16, were two of three passengers riding in a 2005 Honda Accord driven by a 17-year-old male from Hibbing on Saturday. The MSP did not list a residence for Hall.

At about 2:42 p.m., the driver attempted to make a left turn from northbound Highway 169 onto Minnesota State Highway 65 and was struck by a 1994 Chevrolet Cobra Camper driving southbound on the same highway.

Salminen and Hall died as a result of the crash.

The driver and the third passenger, a 15-year-old from Hibbing, were then taken to Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing for non life-threatening injuries.

The 61-year-old male driver from Chisholm driving the camper was not injured. His passenger, a 59-year-old female from Chisholm, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Fairview Range Medical Center.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the accident according to the state patrol, and all passengers were listed as wearing their seatbelt except for Hall, whose seatbelt status was listed as unknown.

The crash remains under investigation.


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