Minneapolis tornado victim identified

11:18 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the identity of a man killed when a tornado tore across north Minneapolis on Sunday.

Floyd David Whitfield died of blunt-force head and neck injuries, according to the examiner.  The death has been ruled an accident.

Minneapolis police said Whitfield died after a large branch apparently came through a window into his minivan. He was coming back from church with 10-year-old Jeremiah Anderson.

Anderson was stuck in the car for nearly an hour before a stranger in a jeep drove by. He was sent to North Memorial Hospital with an arm injury and is expected to be released tomorrow.

A second man collapsed and died after using a chain saw to help clear a tree from a blocked roadway after a tornado tore through north Minneapolis.


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