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18 year old killed on highway considered one of MN's deadliest

Highway 12 has taken on the nickname "Corridor of Death."

A stretch of highway considered Minnesota's deadliest has claimed another life, this time a young woman from Delano.

The accident happened Saturday on Highway 12 near Independence, when a car veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a semi truck.

According to a news release, the vehicle lost control due to ice on the road. Its driver has been identified as 18-year-old Delano High School student Marleena Anna Dieterich, who died at the scene:

"The semi-truck driver saw the passenger car coming into his lane," and "attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid the crash," the release says.

The 50-year-old semi driver was not injured in the crash.

The State Patrol and the West Hennepin Public Safety Department are now investigating the accident.

'Corridor of Death'

Because of the high number of fatalities that have occurred there, Highway 12 is considered one of the deadliest highways in Minnesota, and has taken on the nickname "The Corridor of Death."

There have been nearly a thousand crashes there over the past seven years and dozens of deaths, all of which have prompted authorities to announce major safety upgrades to the road.

Those include plans for concrete barriers and a roundabout; however, work on the upgrades isn't expected to begin until 2021. 

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