Two killed, two seriously injured in ambulance-dump truck crash

Two were killed and two more were seriously injured in a crash involving a dump truck and an ambulance Tuesday morning.

The ambulance was southbound on Itasca County Road 336 and the dump truck was eastbound on County Road 57 when they collided in a T-bone crash, with the truck hitting the passenger side of the ambulance.

The truck driver, 67-year-old Jeffery Ekholm of Nashwauk was transported to St. Luke’s in Duluth for life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kimberly Hake of Cohasset was driving the ambulance and was treated for life-threatening injuries at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The two passengers in the ambulance, 51-year-old Troy Boettcher of Warba and 17-year-old Joseph Latimer of Grand Rapids, were killed on the scene. Boettcher was not wearing a seat belt.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by Itasca Sheriffs Office, Meds-1, Nashwauk PD, Ambulance and Fire, Bovey PD, Balsam Fire, Deer River Essentia EMS, LifeLink, and North Memorial Aircare.

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