2 women killed when SUV collides with loose semi tire on I-94 near St. Michael

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Two women were killed Saturday afternoon when the SUV they were in ran into a tire that had fallen off a semitrailer truck on Interstate 94 near St. Michael.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Viengkhone Nguyen, 44, of Brooklyn Park, was the driver and Lea Khamphachanh, 43, of St. Cloud, was her passenger.

The women were in a 2023 Nissan Rogue heading east on I-94 near Minnesota 241 when a westbound semi on I-94 lost two tires.

The Nissan, driven by Nguyen, collided with one of the tires, killing the two women. Three other women riding with Nguyen and Khamphachanh, Tiana Deppa, 28, of Rice, Pane Eisenschenk, 45, of St. Cloud, and Phetsamai Khamphachanh, 38 of Sartell, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi, Khadar Hawadle, 37 of Savage, was not injured.

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