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A driver was killed and his two passengers were injured after a crash Monday night in which their vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a ditch along a western Minnesota highway, the State Patrol said.

Ahmed Abdikarim Hassan, 25, of South Sioux City, Neb., was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 south on Hwy. 23 when he failed to observe a stop sign at the junction of Hwy. 212 in Renville County, a few miles east of Granite Falls, the patrol said.

Estimates indicate the car rolled eight to nine times before coming to rest on its wheels, said Sgt. Troy Christenson of the State Patrol. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which was reported at 9:52 p.m.

Hassan, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not immediately clear how fast he was driving or whether he was distracted, but alcohol did not appear to be a factor, according to the report. Roads were wet.

The crash is under investigation.

Yusuf Shuayb Ahmed, 25, of Lexington, Neb., and Bashir Ali Mire, 32, of Sioux City, Iowa, were taken to Granite Falls Hospital with noncritical injuries. Both were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

Tim Harlow