Details about what caused a fatal crash on Hwy. 169 just south of the Twin Cities on Monday have been released by the Minnesota State Patrol.
MSP officials say Howard Joseph Ross Bartholomay, 27, of Jordan, Minnesota was killed when he lost control of his 2014 Ford Fusion was hit head-on.
Bartholomay was driving northbound on Hwy. 169 and crossed over into the southbound lanes where he was sideswiped by a 2010 Ford Fusion and then spun and collided with a 2017 Toyota Highlander head-on.
Friends of Bartholomay have written tributes to him on Facebook, including one that referred to him as a "watchful older brother" at work who "would always be there to help."
The driver of the Toyota Highlander suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Francis Medical Center. The driver of the 2010 Ford Fusion was not injured.
Highway 169 between Jordan and Belle Plaine closed in both directions Moday afternoon following a fatal crash, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The closure was in place as crews clean up debris from the crash.
It is unclear how many vehicles were involved or if there were multiple fatalities and/or injuries.
The specific location of the closure was between Old Highway 169 Boulevard and Delaware Avenue.
The road has since reopened but no further details have been released about the crash at this stage.