UPDATE: Names Released in Deadly Crash near Barnesville - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

UPDATE: Names Released in Deadly Crash near Barnesville

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The Minnesota State Highway Patrol says two people are dead and one person is seriously injured after a four vehicle crash on Interstate-94 near Barnesville. It happened around 11:30 Monday morning near mile marker 22.

Troopers say Judith Reid, 49, and Sean Ray, 49, both from Minnetonka, MN died in the crash.  Evan Ray, 16, also from Minnetonka was seriously hurt.  All three were in the same car.

According to the crash report Reid was driving the car and tried to pass in between and MNDOT plow and semi truck.  The car hit both vehicles and stalled on the interstate.  It was then hit by a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup had minor injuries.  The drivers of the plow and semi were not hurt. 

After the crash, traffic was being re-routed off of interstate, and just before 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, the westbound lanes of I-94 were back open for traffic.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol says the poor visibility likely was a factor.

Blowing snow and icy roads created hazardous driving conditions and led to several crashes across the area.

In Minnesota, as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, there were 17 crashes. That includes the one near Barnesville. It also includes 7 rollovers. Another 80 vehicles went off the road into the ditch.

In North Dakota, the North Dakota Highway Patrol accounted for at least 10 crashes. Authorities say there were another 25 cars in the ditch that had not been removed due to safety concerns.

Authorities in both states say while the roads were slippery, it was the visibility that caused most of the problems. Cars simply were not able to see the road at points and drove into the ditches or medians.

Grabow offered advice when driving in the conditions saying, "It's a bad feeling when you lose sight of the road and it essentially disappears. So the main thing is do not panic, do not slam on your breaks. You just have to be aware of what's following, and I guess with visibility you don't always know what's following."

Grabow also says making sure your lights are on can make it easier for other drivers to see you on the roads as well. He says staying visible in conditions like the ones Monday is crucial.

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