1 dead after driver hits tow truck parked on the side of the highway near Rochester

Roads conditions were slick from snow and ice Sunday afternoon.
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The Minnesota State Patrol reported 140 crashes statewide during Sunday's snowstorm, including one fatal collision in southeast Minnesota. 

The deadly crash happened around 5:25 p.m. in Marion Township – southeast of Rochester in Olmsted County – on southbound Hwy. 52 near 36th Ave. SE. According to the crash report, the driver of a 20112 Chevy Cruz was southbound on Hwy. 52 and collided with a Ford F-650 tow truck that was parked on the shoulder. 

The driver of the Chevy, identified as 32-year-old Dane E. Christenson, of Saint Charles, died at the scene. 

Road conditions were slick from snow at the time of the crash. The Rochester area picked up around 9 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. 

Of the 140 crashes statewide, 14 were injury crashes in addition to another 126 vehicle spinouts and six jackknifed semis. 

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