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Drugs, alcohol not considered factors in crash that killed three college students

By Will Ashenmacher

St. Paul Pioneer Press

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Although the accident remains under investigation, it seems that drugs and alcohol weren’t factors in the Dakota County crash that killed three Carleton College students Friday.

James Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Michael Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.; and Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, all died in the collision about a mile north of Northfield on Minnesota Highway 3.

At a news conference Saturday, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said a Toyota 4Runner containing the three men, as well as two others, lost control on the icy road and slid sideways into the path of an oncoming semi.

The three men who died were pronounced dead at the scene. The two other men in the vehicle, driver William Sparks, 20, of Evanston, Ill., and passenger Conor Eckert, 19, of Seattle, were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they were believed to be in serious condition. The driver of the semi, Terry Danner, 56, of Pioneer, Tenn., was not injured.

Roeske said icy roads around the metro area demand extra caution and attentiveness from drivers.

"I know it sounds like white noise, because we hear it all the time," he said. "But we really need to be careful out there."