State Patrol: Driver who ran red light identified as victim in fatal crash on Hwy. 61 in St. Paul

The crash happened early Friday morning.
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A fatal crash that temporarily closed northbound Hwy. 61 in St. Paul Friday morning was caused by a driver who ran a red light, according to the crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol. 

The report says the man who died in the crash, Oliver J. Watkins, 45, of St. Paul, was speeding in a 2004 GMC Envoy northbound on Hwy. 61 when he ran the red light at Lower Afton Road and collided with a Ford Escape. 

Watkins was not wearing a seat belt. 

A 61-year-old St. Paul woman driving the Ford Escape was uninjured. 

Original story

Very few details are available but the Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened early Friday morning near South St. Paul. 

The crash happened on northbound Hwy. 61 at Lower Afton Road. It's unclear at this point how many vehicles were involved. 

Highway 61 was expected to remain closed for an extended period of time. 

We'll provide more information as it becomes available. 

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