Snow and ice factored in separate crashes that turned deadly on Minnesota roads in Renville and Pine counties on Wednesday.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the first fatal accident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Hwy. 212 near County Road 12 west of Sacred Heart in Hawk Creek Township. A 2013 Dodge Transport Van headed eastbound on Hwy. 212 collided head-on with a 2001 Chevy Silverado that crossed the center line after fishtailing out of control.
Two people in the Silverado and the driver of the van were transported to Granite Falls Health for treatment.
The driver of the Silverado, Belinda Jean Anderson, 54, of Sacred Heart, did not survive her injuries. A 56-year-old Sacred Heart man riding as a passenger in the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries, as did the driver of the van, a 57-year-old woman from Sacred Heart.
The second fatal crash happened just before 2:45 p.m. in Mission Creek Township, Pine County.
The state patrol crash report explains that a 2008 Chevy Impala was in the westbound lane of Hwy. 23 – to the west of Interstate 35 – looking to make a left turn when a 2002 Lexus 300 quickly approached from behind and swerved into the eastbound lane where it struck a 2010 Chevy Impala. The rear of the Impala in the eastbound lane then swung out and hit the Impala waiting to turn left.
Killed in the crash was the driver of the eastbound Impala, identified as Margo Renee Hatch, 63, of Mora.
A 32-year-old man from Carlton, Minnesota was driving the Lexus and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth for care.
The driver of the Impala that was waiting to turn left suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.