***Victims Identified in Fatal Pine County Crash
The new year started tragically in Pine County. Two people were killed in a three car crash south of Pine City Friday evening.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michael Moris, 50, and Robin Moris, 48, both of Pine City were killed when their car was hit head-on by a Chevy truck driven by Scott Heckel, 44, of Pine City.
The State Patrol reports alcohol was detected in Heckel’s system at the time of the crash. He suffered non-life threatening injuries.
According to the accident report, Heckel was driving on Highway 70 and passed a Dodge Caravan driven by Patricia Denn, 59, of Frederic in a no passing zone at the crest of a hill and then struck the Moris’ Oldsmobile Intrigue head-on. The Intrigue driven by Michael Moris was traveling westbound on Highway 70.
Heckel’s truck then slid into the eastbound lane and sideswiped the Caravan which entered a ditch. The passenger of the Caravan is identified as Matthew Denn, 25, of Duluth who did not suffer any injuries.
The accident occurred Friday around 5:45 p.m. at Highway 70 and Glendale Road south of Pine City.