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Minnesota State Patrol IDs victims of fatal crash involving trooper

Authorities investigate the scene of a collision Friday, July 4, 2014, involving a Minnesota State Patrol squad car in Cannon Falls, Minn. Two people in another vehicle were killed when their car pulled out of a parking lot and collided with the squad car. The state trooper had serious injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. (Will Ashenmacher/Pioneer Press)

CANNON FALLS, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Patrol on Saturday identified the Cannon Falls residents who were killed Friday when their vehicle collided with a state trooper’s squad car.

Norman Scott, 78, was driving a Ford Taurus that pulled out of a parking lot in Cannon Falls and collided with the squad car as the trooper was responding to an accident, the patrol reported. Scott and his wife Geneva, 79, a passenger in the car, were killed.

The trooper, whom the Patrol identified Saturday as Scott Reps, 48, of Rochester, was flown to a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester with injuries that were serious but not life threatening. Reps is a 28-year veteran of the State Patrol.

A Jeep Commander also apparently rear-ended the Taurus, but the two occupants of that vehicle, Richard Groshong, 64, and Patsy Groshong, 59, both of Marion, Iowa, were not injured, the patrol said.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said the Ford Crown Victoria squad car had its lights and sirens activated as the trooper responded to an injury accident involving a collision between a motorcycle and a deer on Minnesota 60.

The Taurus was pulling out of a business parking lot and was T-boned by the squad car.

Cannon Falls is about 35 miles southeast of St. Paul.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press contributed to this report.


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