UPDATE: Medical emergency caused fatal Grand Forks crash

Published: Jan. 10, 2021 at 4:54 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM CST
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EAST GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Grand Forks Police say their investigation of an early January crash that killed three people at the intersection of 5th St. and Demers Ave. was due to a medical emergency, not alcohol.

Police say reports indicate the driver of the striking vehicle, Jenessa Kelley, did not have alcohol in her blood stream at the time of the crash, and instead likely suffered a medical emergency just prior to, or during, the initial crash that occurred in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Three people were killed in the crash several more were seriously hurt. Authorities say the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Janessa Kelley, 21, of Crookston, Minn. was heading west in the center turn lane on Demers Ave. in a 2011 Buick Regal.

Authorities say she struck a Chevrolet Impala and then a 1997 Ford Explorer while trying to turn on 5th St. Kelley then struck a Dodge Caravan and rolled her Buick onto its top.

The driver of the Caravan, 52-year-old Laura Erem, and her passenger, 72-year-old Nancy Sand, died on the scene. Both women were from Fertile, Minn.

Kelley was taken to the hospital where she later died of her injuries. Authorities say the vehicle Kelley was driving had recently been involved in a hit-and-run in East Grand Forks, Minn.

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