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Infant loses both parents in crash on Twin Cities freeway

A 1-year-old boy who was buckled in his car seat survived a Friday night crash on Interstate 694 in Fridley, Minn., that killed his parents, who were the driver and passenger of a car that rear-ended a semi truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The boy was taken to a hospital after the crash and didn’t have any apparent injuries, State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said Saturday.

Roeske said the boy is being cared for by social services in Anoka County.

Family members said the boy’s parents were the driver and passenger in the car, Roeske said.

The boy’s mother, Patrice L. Hooks, 31, of Hopkins, was the passenger and his father, whose name has not been released by the medical examiner’s office, was driving, Roeske said.

On her Facebook page, Patrice Hooks said in a recent post she was expecting a child this fall.

The boy was in the back seat when the 2007 Chrysler 300 he was riding in rear-ended a Freightliner semi truck "at a very high rate of speed" at 8:13 p.m. Friday, the State Patrol said.

Witnesses said the Chrysler was traveling about 100 mph, according to Roeske. He said that road conditions were not believed to be a factor in the crash and that the State Patrol has not determined whether alcohol played a role.

The collision occurred in the freeway’s eastbound lanes at Matterhorn Drive, just east of Central Avenue, according to the State Patrol. The lanes were closed for more than 2 1/2 hours while emergency crews worked at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Steven Pothen, 68, of Wadena, Minn., had no apparent injury.