Minnesota Driver Goes Wrong Way For 10 Miles; Causes Deadly Crash
Minnetonka, MN (KROC-AM News) - A suspected drunken driver caused a deadly crash early Friday after traveling 10 miles the wrong way on a Twin Cities freeway.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that 20-year-old Joseph Maness of Saint Anthony got on to I-394 in downtown Minneapolis heading west in the eastbound lanes. He continued driving the wrong way for 10 miles until he collided head-on with another vehicle in Minnetonka just before 4 am.
The 30-year-old Melrose man driving the other vehicle was killed. His name will be released Monday. A 21-year-old female passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries as did Maness.
The State Patrol information on Maness indicated “alcohol was involved.”
The deadly incident happened the same week that the State Patrol had stepped up enforcement on Twin Cities freeways, but that extra effort ended a few hours before Friday's crash.