More Details to be Released in Fatal I-94 Crash

Updated: 04/08/2013 11:34 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

More details are expected Monday morning after a crash that killed three, and injured five others on Interstate 94.

The crash occurred at about 1 p.m. Sunday on Westbound Interstate 94 near 49th Avenue in North Minneapolis.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, three vehicles were involved in the crash.

Lt. Eric Roeske says all of the victims were in a minivan which overturned. Several of the occupants were ejected. He says the five injured people are all expected to survive.

At this point, the names of the driver of the minivan, and victims in the crash have not been released.

The State Patrol says 18-year-old Casie Pawlik of Brooklyn Park was driving a Jeep Patriot involved in the crash, and 38-year-old Roni Oberuomo of Brooklyn Center was driving a Honda Odyssey involved in the crash.

Both Pawlik and Oberuomo were uninjured in the crash. Investigators say Pawlik's car apparently left the freeway and traveled up an embankment, through a chain link fence at the top of the 49th Avenue exit ramp.

Her car did not strike another car after leaving the highway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Authorities are still investigating, but Roeske says they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Westbound I-94 closed following the crash for more than three hours. It reopened around 4:30 p.m.

The State Patrol will be holding a 10:30 a.m. press conference to release more information.

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The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.