6 dead in wrong-way crash on Interstate 90 identified; deadliest crash on Minnesota roads since 2010

The crash happened near Eyota in the westbound lanes of I-90.
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More details have been released about the deadliest crash on Minnesota roads in nearly a decade. 

Six people died in the overnight crash near Rochester, and the Minnesota State Patrol has determined that the driver of a 2008 Ford Focus was going east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 and crashed head-on with a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. 

The wrong-way collision happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday, east of Rochester near the Marion Rest Area. 

Three people in the Chrysler Sebring and three people in the Ford Focus died. 

In the Sebring was Christopher Michael Peterson, 26, of Rochester, Ester Linda Peters, 47, of Rochester, and Shayla Jean Peterson, 23, of Paynesville.

Three people from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were traveling in the Focus: Sheila Eagle, 54, Tamara Lynne Eagle, 29, and Nyobee Eagle Richardson, 11. 

At least three of the victims were not wearing a seatbelt, according to the crash report, and it's unknown if two others were belted. 

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Deadliest crash since 2010

It's the deadliest crash on Minnesota roads since 2010, when six people, including four teenagers, died in a head-on crash on Hwy. 95 west of Cambridge in April of that year. 

At this stage it's not clear how the Focus came to be going the wrong direction on the interstate.

Gov. Tim Walz issued a statement in response to Friday's crash: 

"I want to also extend my deepest condolences. We had a two-car accident in Olmsted County last night on I-90 that preliminary reports indicate multiple fatalities, up to six. These destroy families, destroy people's future and our commitment is to making sure everything we can do, both infrastructure-wise, policy-wise and a thank you to our public safety officers on the enforcement side of things."

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