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Forum News Service, Published July 10 2013

Victims identified in head-on collision west of Duluth

Two people were killed and one injured Tuesday afternoon when a truck hauling well-drilling equipment veered into an oncoming pickup on Minnesota Highway 194 west of Duluth.

The pickup’s occupants were both killed. The Minnesota State Patrol today identified the driver as Lon-Lee C. Lindquist, 29, of Cloquet. The passenger was Troy R. Berens, 46, of Floodwood.

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

The driver of the truck, Craig Sunnarborg, 61, of Esko, was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where he is listed in good condition today. Lettering on the side of the truck identified it as belonging to Sunnarborg Well Drilling Inc. of Esko, which is owned by 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.