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UPDATE: Names released in Cannon Falls fatal crash with MSP trooper

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CANNON FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two people are dead after their car pulled out into the path of a state trooper speeding to another crash.  The violent collision happened on 65th Avenue at County 24 Boulevard in Cannon Falls Friday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the trooper, 48-year-old Scott Reps, had his lights on and sirens blaring when the driver of a Ford Taurus pulled out of the McDonald's parking lot in front of him. 

The elderly couple in that car, 79-year-old Geneva Scott and 78-year-old Norman Scott, both of Cannon Falls, died on scene.
A third vehicle, a 2009 Jeep Commander, was also caught in the middle. Richard and Patsy Groshong of Marion, Iowa, were in that vehicle but were uninjured.

Doug Ruchtzigel owns Triangle Machine and Radiator and caught the crash on his store's security camera.

"It looked like the car pulled out of the McDonald's parking lot and pulled out into the lane and the highway patrol hit him at a pretty good rate of speed. Dust went flying and they ended up in the position they are in now," Ruchtzigel said.

A third vehicle was also involved in the accident. Ruchtzigel said as the two vehicles collided, a jeep got caught in the middle.

Ruchtzigel's security camera video assisted the State Patrol in its investigation.

"The trooper was looking at my security film and mentioned there are two people that have passed," Ruchtzigel explained. "I think the trooper is OK. He was taken to Rochester. It looked severe, but at least he's alive."'

Lt. Eric Roeske said the trooper was airlifted to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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