Michigan Driver Charged in I-35 Fatal Crash

Crash killed two firefighters after leaving the freeway and striking the median cables

The latest on the crash in Blaine on I-35W that killed two Michigan firefighters who were on their way to a Utah wildfire.

Minnesota prosecutors have charged a Michigan firefighter with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two fellow firefighters and injured seven more.

The criminal complaint against 28-year-old Michael Allen Johnson of Baraga, Michigan says he told investigators he had not slept in more than 24 hours except for a 45-minute nap early Saturday before the crash around 3 p.m.

23-year-old James Shelifoe and 25-year-old Alan Swartz died in the crash on I-35W in Blaine. The State Patrol said 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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