4-vehicle chain reaction crash in Lakeville, Minnesota killed two Monday. A semi truck and 2 cars were stopped in the northbound lanes on I-35, near Highway 70, when another semi approached and was unable to stop, slamming into the vehicles. The force of impact pushed the two cars into the lead semi truck, crushing them. The semi truck was carrying beehives with millions of bees.
A driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene. The other car driver was air-lifted to North Memorial Hospital where she died Monday evening. Recovery attempts were hampered by the swarm of bees at the scene.
According to the State Patrol report, 50-year-old Pamela Brinkhaus, Elko, died at the scene and 24-year-old Kari Rasmussen, St. Anthony, died as a result of her injuries, at North Memorial Hospital. It was reported on the news that Ms. Rasmussen was pregnant.
The driver of the semi involved was Jason Styrbicky, 36, Buffalo. The accident is still under investigation.
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