ANOKA, Minn. – Authorities in Minnesota have arrested a fire truck driver from Michigan on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two firefighters and injured seven others who were on their way to fight a wildfire in Utah.
Anoka County Jail records show the 28-year-old man from Baraga, Michigan, was arrested after the crash Saturday on Interstate 35W in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine. He has not been charged.
Twenty-three-year-old James Shelifoe and 25-year-old Alan Swartz died in the crash. The driver was among the seven people injured. The State Patrol says the truck left the highway, struck the median cable barriers and rolled.
The crew was from the Baraga-based Beartown Firefighters, which is managed by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.