Driver Jailed in Fatal Fire Truck Crash on I-35W in Blaine

Held on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide

Authorities in Minnesota are holding the driver of a fire truck from Michigan on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two firefighters and injured seven others, who were on their way to fight wildfires in Utah.

Anoka County jail records show that the 28-year-old from Baraga, Michigan, was arrested after the crash Saturday on Interstate 35W in Blaine. He has not yet been charged.

23-year-old, James Shelifoe and 25-year-old Alan Swartz were killed in the crash. The driver was among the seven injured. The State Patrol says the truck left the highway, struck the median cable barriers and rolled.

The crew was from the Baraga-based Beartown Firefighters, which is managed by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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