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Forum News Service, Published July 09 2013

Two killed when truck veers into pickup west of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. - Two people were killed and one was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when a truck hauling well-drilling equipment veered into an oncoming pickup on Minnesota Highway 194 between Duluth and Saginaw.

The truck, which was heading west on 194 near Bergquist Road, apparently had a tire malfunction, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The tire problem caused the truck to veer into the eastbound lane, where it struck the pickup head on.

The pickup’s occupants, a 29-year-old from Cloquet and a 46-year-old from Floodwood, were killed. Their names will be released Wednesday, according to the State Patrol.

The driver of the truck, Craig Sunnarborg, 61, of Esko was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth with serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. Lettering on the side of the truck identified it as belonging to Sunnarborg Well Drilling Inc. of Esko, which is owned by Craig Sunnarborg.

A fire followed the crash, said Minnesota State Patrol Capt. Steve Strombeck, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been notified of damage to the roadway resulting from the collision and fire.

Crews from St. Louis County, Hermantown and area fire departments assisted the State Patrol.