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Grand Rapids, MN (KROC AM News) - There has been another deadly traffic wreck at the same intersection where a Minnesota DNR officer was recently killed and this one involved an ambulance.

It happened just after 10:00 am Tuesday in rural Itasca County and killed two people in the ambulance and seriously injured both drivers.

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The Minnesota State Patrol report on the accident indicates a dump truck struck the passenger side of the ambulance “in a T-bone style crash.”

The truck was driven by 67-year-old Jeffery Ekholm of Nashwauk. The ambulance driver was identified as 28-year-old Kimberly Hake of Cohasset. Their injuries were described as life-threatening.

The victims who died were 51-year-old paramedic Troy Boettcher of Warba and 17-year-old Joseph Latimer of Grand Rapids, who was being transported.

Both victims died at the scene.

According to the State Patrol report, the ambulance was southbound on County Rd 336 and the truck was eastbound on County Rd 57.

The crash was very similar to the May 24th wreck that claimed the life of DNR Officer Sarah Grell.

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The report in that deadly wreck said Grell was northbound on County Rd 336 and a semi-truck that was eastbound on County Rd 57 T-boned the driver’s door.

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