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A man and woman in a car were killed in a head-on crash with an SUV in northern Minnesota late Saturday night.

It happened in Cass County shortly after 11 p.m., just north of the Palace Casino Hotel, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Killed were Lisa Collins, 47, of Cass Lake, Minn., and Timothy Collins, 46, also of Cass Lake. The relationship between them was not clear in the Patrol’s report.

According to the State Patrol:

Lisa Collins was driving a 2003 Kia Spectra southbound on County Road 75. The passenger was Timothy Collins.

Meanwhile, a 1999 Chevy Tahoe, driven by Michael Stangel, 27, of Cass Lake, was heading northbound. Also in that vehicle was Stacy Stangel, 47, of Longville, Minn.

The SUV swerved into the southbound lane in a no-passing zone, near the intersection with Leech Lake Route 438, and forced another vehicle off the road before striking the Kia. The impact caused the car to travel 100 feet before resting in the west ditch, facing the wrong direction. The Tahoe also ended up in the west ditch facing the wrong way.

The occupants of the SUV were taken to Essentia Health-Fargo to be treated for serious injuries.

Nobody involved wore seat belts, according to the Patrol.

Alcohol was detected in Michael Stangel’s system, according to the Patrol.

The pavement was dry at the time of the crash.