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St. Paul: Wrong-way driver strikes vehicle head-on, 3 injured on I-94

A wrong-way driver, who the Minnesota State Patrol suspects was drinking, struck another vehicle head-on early Monday on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, seriously injuring himself and two others.

Elias Flores Tulio, 23, was driving a Mercury Cougar the wrong way on eastbound I-94 when he hit a Dodge Caravan in the area of White Bear Avenue about 2:45 a.m., according to the State Patrol.

The driver of the Caravan, Sudi Abdi Nur, 43, of Woodbury, and his 16-year-old passenger, Huda Ali Yusuf, were injured. Paramedics took them to Regions Hospital, along with Tulio, of St. Paul. The State Patrol described the injuries of the three people as life-threatening, as of Monday morning.

“They are doing crash reconstruction and that will take some time to get results back, but (Tulio) will likely be charged for driving the wrong way, possibly being impaired and seriously injuring two people,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, State Patrol spokeswoman.

Eastbound I-94 was closed in the area until about 5:40 a.m., Nielson said.

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