1 killed in crash on Minnesota's 'Corridor of Death'

The person has not been identified yet.
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Authorities have reopened a notorious stretch of highway in the western Twin Cities suburbs following a deadly crash there on Friday.

The accident happened in the afternoon on Highway 12 between Valley Road and Railroad Avenue in Independence, west of Maple Plain, the State Patrol reported. 

A westbound car crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic and collided with a semi truck head on, according to WCCO. 

All lanes were closed as a result of the crash, prompting the State Patrol to advise drivers to "use alternative routes."

One person was killed, but there are no details yet regarding the person's identity, and authorities have not said whether anyone else was injured.

Highway 12 has taken on the nickname "The Corridor of Death" due to the high number of traffic fatalities that have occurred there over the years. 

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Friday's crash comes just three days after the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced a number of safety upgrades to the highway, including a concrete center median and a roundabout.

Work on the newly announced upgrades – which could cost as much as $22 million – isn't expected to start until 2021.

24 people died and 239 were injured on this portion of the highway between 2011 and 2016, the Star Tribune reported. 

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