Publish date:

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.
Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 8.08.07 AM

UPDATE

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. 

Next Up

shower

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

Anya Magnuson

Woman in critical condition after driver hit her in Minneapolis

She's been unresponsive, but recently gave a thumbs up to her family.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's rally not enough to save Timberwolves

Edwards' third-quarter explosion came too late in a loss to the Pelicans.

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.

eggs

As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

Related

ambulance

State Patrol: 2 fatal crashes in Minnesota on Sunday

The crashes happened in Aitkin and Dodge counties.

ambulance

State Patrol says driver 'intentionally' crossed the center line in fatal crash

The crash happened Wednesday morning in Dodge County, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 8.48.59 AM

Victims of fatal Isanti County crash ID'd as mother and daughter

The crash shut down Hwy. 65 for around four hours Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 10.37.39 AM

Crash that shut down Hwy. 169 in Elk River was fatal

The crash closed the northbound lanes of Hwy. 169 for a few hours Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2020-02-28 at 7.00.45 AM

Fatal crash shuts down part of Highway 36 in Maplewood

The crash happened before sunrise Friday.

ambulance

State Patrol investigating fatal crash on I-90 in southern MN

The crash happened Saturday night in Martin County.