Police are investigating after a pregnant mother and her unborn child were killed in what police are describing as a “catastrophic” crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday evening, Oct. 17.

Minneapolis police said they received multiple calls around 10:50 p.m. of a vehicle crash on the 1300 block of Newton Avenue North, FOX 9 reported.

At the scene, police found several vehicles smashed into each other with heavy damage and one minivan that had rolled over. Several bystanders were providing comfort to a pregnant woman and another individual trapped in a minivan.

Although Minneapolis police and fire crews worked for nearly an hour attempting to extricate the pregnant woman in her 30s from the minivan, she died before she could be removed.

The woman was eight months pregnant.

The driver of the minivan and the two occupants from an SUV have been hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The initial investigation indicated the SUV was going the wrong way on Newton Avenue, a one-way street, and crashed into five vehicles.

The SUV first struck a parked vehicle on the 1400 block of Newton Avenue North before continuing the wrong direction on the one-way. It then entered the 1300 block at an “exceptionally high rate of speed,” striking a minivan and several other vehicles, police said.

Police believe narcotics and speed may be contributing factors to the crash.

The driver of the SUV and the passenger are both in police custody.

The identities of the victims and suspects have not yet been released.

“Words like senseless and tragic are really keywords that defined this incident,” Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said. “You have a woman who is dead in her thirties, eight months pregnant, and there’s an unborn child that’s passed as well. Because somebody was operating a vehicle in such a reckless manner possibly under the influence of narcotics. All of that is preventable.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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