Dump truck and ambulance crash in northern Minn., killing EMS worker, teenage patient

The crash occurred at the same intersection where Minnesota conservation officer Sarah Grell was killed a couple of weeks ago.

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DULUTH — A 51-year-old EMS worker and a 17-year-old patient both died in a crash between a dump truck and ambulance Tuesday morning, June 8, in Itasca County, and the two other people in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have identified the EMS worker as Troy Edward Boettcher, of Warba, and the 17-year-old as Joseph Michael Latimer, of Grand Rapids, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Ambulance driver Kimberly Fay Hake, 28, of Cohasset, was transported to a hospital for life-threatening injuries, as was the driver of the dump truck, Jeffery Elvin Ekholm, 67, of Nashwauk.

The ambulance was driving south on Itasca County Road 336, while the dump truck was driving east on Itasca County Road 57 in Lawrence Township, around 10:21 a.m. According to the state patrol report, the dump truck struck the ambulance on the passenger side.

The crash occurred at the same intersection that Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer Sarah Grell was killed in a crash on May 24.

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