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Associated Press , Published November 22 2013

St. Louis Park intersection had prior crashes

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — The intersection near the site of a St. Louis Park crash that claimed the lives of two children has seen 19 crashes from 2010-2012, including one last year in which another vehicle went into the same storm water pond.

Minnesota Department of Transportation spokeswoman Bobbie Dahlke says the figure is "relatively low" for an intersection with signals.

She says the crash figure includes the whole intersection, not just the ramp where a 23-year-old woman veered into the pond Thursday.

Five children were with Marion Guerrido when the car became submerged. Authorities say two died, while three remained hospitalized.

Dahlke says the ramp will be removed in a project scheduled to start next year, but not because of safety reasons. She says it's to maximize merging distance on the highway.


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